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About the Scheme

The government has recently launched the Kickstart Scheme - a national programme to create 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. Kickstart is part of the government’s ‘Plan for Jobs’ and aims to create hundreds and thousands of new, fully funded jobs across England, Scotland and Wales.

As one of London’s top colleges, we work closely with businesses of all sizes to support young people into employment. Our aim is to help employers make the most of the Government’s Kickstart Scheme.


Funding will cover:

  • 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week.
  • The associated employer National Insurance contributions.
  • Employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

There will also be extra funding to support young people to build their experience and help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart Scheme funded job. It is important to note that job placements created with Kickstart funding must be new jobs.

Join our consortium

In order to participate, individual employers must offer a minimum of 30 Kickstart placements. This rule means that many employers and even those that are relatively large, will not be able to participate.

Fortunately, employers are able to come together as a consortium provided that the consortium collectively offers 30 or more Kickstart Jobs opportunities. 

You can read more about the requirements of the scheme, what we hope to offer and what we need from you here.

If you were hoping to offer placements to Kickstarters but are no longer able to do so because of the 30-placement rule, then we would love for you to join our consortium. 

To find out more or to register your interest please complete the form below. 

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Coronavirus update

Southwark College is closely monitoring all communications and guidance as it becomes available. This information is for students and staff and reflects updates from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Public Health England (PHE). We are prepared to escalate our contingency arrangements in the event of change.

The government is monitoring the situation closely and will continue to work with the WHO and international community. For staff and students, it remains business as usual across our sites and our workplaces.

Please note that, at present, this advice refers only to arrivals from Wuhan, and not the remainder of China. If you have returned from Wuhan you should:

General guidance for those planning visits to Wuhan or other destinations in China

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) maintains updated travel advice for those planning a trip to Wuhan or other destinations in China. This is available at:


This advice is derived from The Department of Health and Social Care will be publishing updated data on a daily basis at 2pm until further notice:

Supplementary Q&A for individuals wishing to know more around how the UK is managing the risk: