The Kickstart scheme was launched in September 2020 by the government’s Department for Work and Pensions, in response to the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on the jobs market and young people. Youth unemployment rose to 14.5% between August and October 2020, up from 11% in the same period in 2019. In the South East, unemployment amongst 18 to 24-year-olds rose by 160% between February and December 2020, and 171% in Brighton & Hove.
Eligible candidates are matched by their Job Centre work coach to apply for a six-month government-funded work placement up until the end of 2021, with final placements ending in June 2022.
The Future Creators gateway has secured more than 80 work placements across 20 local organisations and businesses, including the arts, publishing, PR and digital media. Job roles such as Editorial Assistant, Dance Project Administrator and Radio Digital Producer will offer real opportunities to gain skills and experience in a competitive industry. BDBF is offering 19 placements across a range of its departments, other organisations include Worthing Theatres and Museum, The Young Actors Group and event management company 18 Hours.