Campaigns Kickstart Scheme expands

Two more young people will be able to take the first step on a career in campaigns after a successful job training scheme has been expanded.

Vacancies have been posted by Campaign Collective under the Kickstart Scheme as the social enterprise has confirmed that a former Kickstarter has now been offered a full-time role.

The programme creates new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment.

Campaign Collective took on two Kickstarters in July 2021 and has now confirmed that one will be offered a permanent role. Following the success of the programme, two additional vacancies have now been confirmed.

All kickstart trainees will be paid to work real-life projects and receive advice on their future career from Campaign Collective’s experienced Members.

Successful applicants will also get help from the Public Relations and Communications Association to support their CV and interview preparation. Other training to develop their work-related skills, such as team work, organisation and communications will be part of the role.

Eligible candidates can apply by visiting the below links or asking to be referred via their Job Centre work coach. 

Sarah Colombini, Founder Member of Campaign Collective, commented:

We need to do all we can to support the next generation of campaigners – especially during these difficult economic times as we recover from the pandemic. The kickstart programme is a win-win for the young people who get fully-paid, real life work placements and businesses who can create new roles under the scheme. We were so impressed with our first kickstarters that we are delighted to be able to expand the scheme further.

Lizzie Lewis, who has been kept on at Campaign Collective following completion of the placement and who will work on supporting The Rooftop, said:

I have gained so many invaluable skills throughout my time as a Kickstarter with Campaign Collective. Everyone here has been really helpful in supporting me to get the most out of the scheme, which has meant that I have massively improved in areas of employability and confidence. Through a mix of shadowing, learning on the job, and training through the National Union of Journalists, my time as a Kickstarter has meant that I now feel ready to take on my new full-time role with the Collective. I can’t recommend this experience enough.

Director General of the Public Relations & Communications Association, Francis Ingham added:

The Kickstart Scheme has proved to be a lifeline for many young people who, through no fault of their own, faced the prospect of long-term unemployment. It has also proved to be a win for employers evidenced by Campaign Collective’s decision to offer a permanent full-time role to their Kickstarter. We are proud to act as the industry body for the Government Kickstart Scheme, where 100 new PR roles have been created for young people who would otherwise be receiving universal credit.

For more information about the Kickstart Scheme, please visit:

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