Kickstart initiative helping businesses and young people

Published Thursday 21 January 2021

More than 30 unemployed young people across the Harborough district are set to gain valuable experience in the workplace thanks to a new initiative.

In November 2020, Harborough District Council invited businesses to apply for the national Kickstart scheme which provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit.

Kickstart schemeAfter a fantastic response, the Council has had its application approved for more than 30 work experience placements across the Harborough district, submitted on behalf of local businesses.

The Government-funded scheme will offer six-month paid work experience placements, which will be provided by a range of local businesses, and co-ordinated by Harborough District Council’s Economic Development team and Harborough Innovation Centre.

Cllr Phil King, Leader of Harborough District Council, said “Young people nationally have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, as it impacts on the UK economy, so I am delighted that local businesses have embraced this initiative. As well as helping businesses gain additional support and grow at this difficult time, it is providing meaningful, paid opportunities for young people in the workplace. Once young people gain valuable work experience and skills, it will significantly increase their employability.”

The Kickstart scheme is part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs which aims to create thousands of new, fully-funded, and paid work placements across England, Scotland and Wales.

Greg Tickner, managing director of Panoptic Media Ltd, based at the Harborough Innovation Centre, which is one of the businesses taking part in the scheme, said: “It is a great initiative in the current economic climate, and we are delighted to give young people the chance to join the workforce in an arrangement that is mutually beneficial to them and our business.”

Harborough District Council will be submitting further applications in the future. Any local employers interested in the scheme, should visit the dedicated webpage at or email

People eligible for placements are those claiming universal credit and aged 16-24. Anyone interested in the scheme should let their Job Centre Work Coach know and they will discuss local opportunities when available.