Kickstart success continues to drive down youth unemployment

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Youth unemployment has continued to fall as the local economy opens back up, with over 1000 young people moving back into work over the past year.

Zara Manley, Manager at Brighton Jobcentre, hailed the success of the Kickstart scheme locally.

“Kickstart is giving young people valuable paid work experience and skills; every day we are recruiting into various positions. With roles ranging from Chefs to Social Media Content Designers, Administrators to Film makers and Labourer s to Fashion Designers. There really is something for everyone.

The scheme is due to end in March 2022, so I would encourage any young person claiming Universal Credit to contact their work coach to discuss these opportunities and for anyone seeking work to either speak to their work coach or visit find a job to locate local vacancies”

We have also received the following statements from our ministers:

The Minister for Employment Mims Davies MP said: “Our Plan for Jobs is levelling up opportunity across the nation to progress, with payroll employment above pre-pandemic levels in every region.

“As we begin the new year, our Jobcentres are open for business, to give people the skills and confidence they need to seize new and better paid jobs in 2022. And increases in the National Living Wage and changes to Universal Credit means everyone has the support they need to move forward and be ready to grab the record number of vacancies out there.”

Minister for Welfare Delivery David Rutley: “Universal Credit continues to provide a vital lifeline for millions, with nearly two million working claimants now better off by £1000 per year on average thanks to an effective tax cut worth £2.2bn. Claimants not in work are getting extensive employment support through our Plan for Jobs, and our £500m Household Support Fund is helping the most vulnerable cover the cost of essentials like food and energy this winter.”

The Statistics – The employment situation is looking a lot better than envisaged with a 39% decrease in the number of 18-24 on jobseeker benefits.

At DWP we are also working closely in partnership with Brighton and Hove City Council, jointly funding a youth hub for young people in the city.

The Youth Hub in Brighton

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This exciting venture based at Montague Place in the heart of Kemptown is a great place for young people to come and find out about careers opportunities, Kickstart and other jobs, as well as get confidential and free advice from a range of different services. The youth hub will be hosting an anxiety course this month and continuing with their  ‘This is me’ talks, for people to come together from different sectors to explain a little bit about what they do and make connections over a hot drink and a biscuit. If you would like to join in – the sessions are held on the first Wednesday of every month. If you would like to find out more, the Youth Hub also has a website

where people can find news about events, advice and guidance and also contact the and hub to arrange an appointment.

Following on from this, we have recently been given this feedback from one of our customers: 

The Kickstart Scheme is like nothing I’ve encountered when I was on my journey through unemployment and journeying through what can sometimes be a stormy sea of job searching. I was able to access the Kickstart scheme through being on Universal Credit and working alongside my work coach, I was introduced to whole load of opportunities. This role particularly stood out to me and I knew straight away that I wanted to apply for it. Finally, I had a gateway into something new and exciting that I don’t I think I of would have been able to access through regular work. Now I can take this experience with me wherever I go!


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