NCF launches Kickstart Support Scheme

May 6, 2021

The National Care Forum (NCF) has announced the launch of its Kickstart Scheme, to support members to access the Department for Work and Pensions Scheme.

NCF are pleased to announce that the first applications have been submitted to DWP to recruit 30 young people into roles within the adult social care sector at National Care Forum member organisations.

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16–24-year-olds on Universal Credit, who are at risk of long-term employment.

In conjunction with Pathway CTM (a dedicated Social Enterprise that supports young people with employability skills and employment opportunities) and long-term NCF partners Cohesion Recruitment we have put together a unique package of support to offer NCF members the best possible Kickstart Experience. A programme of monthly themed webinars created in conjunction with Cohesion to support workplace mentors and employers on a variety of themes including:

  • Creating a positive experience for new colleagues.
  • Learning styles.
  • Dynamics of a team and organisation.
  • Mentoring, Coaching and Buddying.
  • Using reflection.
  • Digital skills.
  • A dedicated Kickstart Forum for peer-to-peer learning and sharing of experiences to promote best practice.
  • Support for Kickstart placement participants from Pathway CTM.

The scheme offers a package of support not just for young people employed through the Kickstart Programme but also to care provider members of NCF taking part in the scheme, and their existing employees who are acting as mentors for their new colleagues.

Vic Rayner, CEO at National Care Forum (NCF), said, ‘Working in a social care is amazing and an opportunity that we want as many people to experience as possible. Kickstart is a great way of matching up those interested in a career in care with organisations who can provide them with a varied and well supported opportunity to find out more. Over a six-month period, people will be able to find out what the reality of working in social care is all about, and what it might mean for them and their future ambitions.’

Brian Whittaker, HR & OD Director of Brunelcare, who has been operating their own Kickstart scheme for a number of months said of Kickstart, said, ‘The Brunelcare senior team was enthusiastic about the Kickstart scheme when it was announced as it represented a cost neutral solution to helping young people into (or back into) work and an opportunity for us to attract new talent for the charity.

‘So far, we have 22 Kickstart colleagues working across the charity including within the IT team, Finance, HR and Property Services. We also have a number working in our various Care Homes. They are brilliant people doing a great job and enjoying the opportunity. This is a real win/win as we are in reality training people who can then apply for permanent vacancies. We have already had one person who joined through Kickstart successfully apply and be appointed into a full-time role.’

Visit the NCF website for more information about the Kickstart Scheme.

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