Supporting Business & Young People Through Mentoring & the Kickstart Scheme

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We will be joined by Mims Davies MP, DWP Minister for Employment to explore how employers can play an active role in supporting young people

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Hosted by MyKindaFuture and the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP)

COVID-19 has significantly impacted businesses, the economy and the employment prospects of thousands of young people. There is Government support available for business to help reduce the damaging and long-term scarring effects of unemployment – we are holding a virtual event to show how your business could play a part in helping a generation of young people!

We believe that the financial incentives available to business through the Kickstart scheme and effective mentoring could support a young person gain valuable experience and improve their chances of finding work. We will explore how the Kickstart scheme could help you find out whether a young person is a good fit for a job or an apprenticeship with your business or organisation after their job placement.

Financial Incentives available:

  • 100% of wages are subsidised at National Minimum Wage (or National Living Wage depending on the age of the young person) for up to 25 hours with employer National Insurance and automatic enrolment contributions also fully funded.
  • Funding of £1,500 is also provided to cover the costs of employability training and on the job start-up costs.

Effective Mentoring:

MyKindaFuture proudly launched a new initiative in partnership with the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) to support young people disproportionately affected by Covid into employment. Their online mentoring platform, Connectr, is used by the Jobcentre Plus to provide young jobseekers across the UK with the advice, tools and skills they need to secure a job and succeed in it. The initiative offers diverse young people the opportunity to secure work through support from a broad selection of mentors provided by regional and national employers, from identifying the right role to settling into their first few months in role.

Working in Partnership:

MyKindaFuture and DWP are working closely already and want to develop this further through the Kickstart Scheme, to provide fully-funded jobs for 16-24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long-term unemployment. There are already over 150,000 approved Kickstart vacancies with employers standing ready to provide support using Kickstart funding to improve young people’s skills and confidence to help springboard them into a more permanent role.

In our digital event, we will:

  • Be joined by Mims Davies MP, DWP Minister for Employment who will discuss Kickstart and how it can help support employers play an active role by creating exciting opportunities within their businesses and explain the financial support available to do this!
  • Hear from Iain Gravestock, Partner at KPMG, around the business benefits of supporting the mentoring scheme.
  • William Akerman, Founder and Managing Director for MyKindaFuture will show how our mentoring initiative impacts the young people who need it most - those who have access to a mentor are 32% less likely to drop-out between applying for and starting a job.
  • Explore how our mentoring initiative directly supports the success of young people on a Kickstart scheme, and the practical steps for how we can help your organisation deliver this.
  • Offer the opportunity to put your questions forward to our panellists from MyKindaFuture and the DWP.

Register your interest here to be part of the interactive discussion. A member of our team will be in touch to confirm your slot and share event access details.If you have any questions, please email:

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