How to get a Kickstart job at a school or nursery
Do you want to start a career in education but don’t have any experience or qualifications? The Kickstart Scheme may be able to help. This new Government initiative has been designed to boost the employability of individuals aged 16-24, by working with local employers to create 6-month, paid work placements.
These placements allow young people to gain the valuable experience and training they need, to boost their knowledge and skills within the sector and give them a greater chance to successfully (re)enter the jobs market.
So.. what are you waiting for? Find out more about the scheme throughout this brochure, or get in touch to sign up to the scheme today.
Who is eligible for the kickstart scheme?
Since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, unemployment rates for those aged 16-24 have increased by 7%. The number of people claiming unemployment related benefits has also increased by 1.4 million between March 2020 and November 2020. Realising this impact, the government launched the Kickstart Scheme to aid individuals who meet the following criteria:
- Be aged between 16-24 (inclusive).
- Currently receive Universal Credit.
- Be able to attend a placement for 25 hours per week
If you do not meet the above criteria, unfortunately you are not eligible to take part in the Kickstart Scheme.
However, if you are struggling to enter the jobs market, please get in touch and we will help you the best we can!
Placement types / job roles
Although the Kickstart Scheme is designed to support young people in a wide range of sectors, Think Employment specialise in helping young people find placements within the education sector.
This includes any roles that exist within a School or College, for example:
- Teaching Assistants
- Support Staff
- Administration roles
- Catering Staff
- EHCP Assistant COVID assistants
The government will pay each young person National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week (plus the associated employer minimum National Insurance and Pension contributions) for the duration of the placement.
How to get a Kickstart job with Think Teaching
How to stand out from the crowd
The Kickstart Scheme does not require you to have any prior qualifications or experience in the sector that you are applying for. However, as with all jobs, standing out from the crowd with additional skills and knowledge can be a benefit.
We have a wide range of training courses that can help you to do this. Each course is completed online and allows you to gain a greater understanding of various topics within the education sector. Many of these topics, including LGBT training, have recently become mandatory within schools, so this can really help to boost your CV when applying. If you would like to apply for any of these courses, please get in touch! The full list can be found at www.thinkemployment.com/courses/.
Teaching & school support staff courses
The following courses are fully funded by the Government. They’re also fully accredited so you’ll receive a qualification certificate for each course you complete.
- Level 1 Award in Preparing to Work in Schools
- Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools
- Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools
- Level 2 Certificate in Introducing Caring for Children and Young People
- Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Safeguarding and Prevent
- Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Business Administration
- Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism
- Level 2 Certificate in Equality and Diversity
- Level 2 Certificate in LGBT Inclusion in the Workplace
- Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
- Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
English and maths courses
Your career in education could be held back if you didn’t achieve pass grades at GCSE in maths and English. We also offer maths and English courses that are equivalent to a GCSE pass grade. You’ll be able to apply for jobs that require GCSE Maths and English grade A to C or equivalent.
- Functional Skills English Level 2
- Functional Skills Maths Level 2