Over the past 14 months, ERSA has mobilised a community of 434 organisations invested in realising the benefits of the Kickstart scheme.
Our Kickstart forum of experienced youth services providers and employability experts have worked extensively with the Department for Work and Pensions and Jobcentre Plus to support the implementation and delivery of Kickstart. They have drawn on long standing employer relationships to create openings for young people; risked reputational damage; and invested time, resource, and enthusiasm into making Kickstart work.
This forum is a genuine Community of Good Practice.
The ERSA Kickstart forum has recommended changes throughout the Kickstart journey, drawing on years of industry experience. We continue to call for an extension to the Kickstart scheme in response to crippling labour market shortages and are currently presenting further recommendations to government colleagues to enhance and derestrict the scheme.
Our Policy Paper is based on a recent survey of the Community of Good Practice and one to one interviews
Our intension in writing this paper is to ensure that Kickstart delivers the best offer for young jobseekers, and that ERSA supports of Community of Good Practice who have invested in Kickstart and have so much to offer.
If you would like to discuss this with the team, we can be contacted at [email protected]
The ERSA Policy Team
Employment Related Services Association (ERSA)
Dr Andrew Morton