What was Kickstart?

Kickstart is a government funded initiative through the Department of Work and Pensions to create new jobs for young people. The programme closed for applications in December 2021.

Who is Groundwork?

Groundwork is a charity mobilising practical community action on poverty and the environment across the UK. At Groundwork we’re passionate about creating a future where every neighbourhood is vibrant and green, every community is strong and able to shape its own destiny and no-one is held back by their background or circumstances.

We provided hundreds of young people with their first jobs in community and environmental work through Kickstart, to help them to develop the skills they need to be at the forefront of a new green economy.

Jobs through Kickstart

The scheme was open to people up to the age of 24 and who were claiming Universal Credit. Groundwork’s Kickstart placements helped trainees into careers that protect the environment, tackle climate change, and supported local communities.

Participants were paid a real wage, gained valuable experience and were given all the training and support you needed to succeed.

Nathan - Groundwork CLM

Kickstart stories

Hear from people who gave their career a boost through Kickstart with Groundwork.

We need to take care of our environment and our communities and without green jobs, this simply can't happen. Nathan, Kickstart trainee.
Nathan’s story

After spending years in minimum wage jobs stacking shelves and serving sausage rolls, I was depressed and extremely frustrated. I felt as though I was wasting my life and began to give up all hope of starting a career in a sector I truly believed that I belonged in. Then Kickstart came along. Maybe you’re struggling with the same issues I was. I strongly urge you to give Kickstart a try and look for a role that is suitable for you. It may well change your life – its already changed mine.

I am loving my time at Grow Speke and playing a part of my local community in Liverpool has taught me so much. Hellen, Kickstart trainee
Hellen’s story

I was adamant that I wanted to work outside, learn more about growing and gardening and do something that gave back to the local community. Fortunately for me, the role at Grow Speke ticked all of these boxes.  The role really spoke out to me, because it was really varied and would provide me with lots of different experiences and the chance to gain new skills.

Just apply for Kickstart, in the long term it gives you plenty of skills that are easily transferable. India, Kickstart trainee
India’s story

After finishing sixth form, India found herself unemployed at the peak of the pandemic and she found it extremely difficult to start her career. She is now on the path to a career in ecology and says that her time with Groundwork has helped her with her confidence and understanding the world of work.