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Kickstart Scheme

Reed supports youth employment through the UK Government’s Kickstart Scheme, both as a provider of placements across the Reed group, and as a Gateway Provider for smaller employers.

Improving Lives Through Work – Including over 1,000 unemployed young people in the UK

Every day Reed lives its purpose of improving lives through work; From helping FTSE100 companies fill vacancies, to helping jobseekers improve their CVs. 

Reed’s involvement with the UK Government’s Kickstart Scheme began in 2020 and already we are supporting over 1,000 16-24 year olds.

By the beginning of 2021 Reed has also enrolled 15 new starters across the Reed group itself as part of the scheme, with more to come.

Kickstart is a government scheme which aims to get more 16-24 year olds into employment. Engaged employers provide a 6-month training programme to such individuals, with all costs covered from the dedicated £2billion government fund.


Costs covered by the government include: 

  • 100% of the National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months
  • associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions


A National Gateway for Employers

As an approved Gateway Provider, Reed is able to work with employers who want to offer Kickstart placements in their organisations but may not have all the resources needed to support a Kickstarter.

Part of the requirements for employer eligibility on the scheme is that Kickstart trainees must not only be trained up on the practical skills required on their work placement, but they must also be fully prepared for furthering their career beyond the scheme. Reed is proud to be able to offer a ‘wrap-around’ style solution to our employer partners placements which will see their trainees have access to a range of employability skills training.

If you are an employer looking to recruit and train through Kickstart and need a Gateway Provider, click the button below to register your interest with us.

Resourcing Support Placements at Reed

“Our Resourcing Support placements offer Kickstarters the opportunity to experience the Recruitment Industry, working within a team and building effective communication skills.

“With support throughout, the successful placement will end with the Kickstarter being able to look for their ideal role with a well-designed CV and improved Employability Skills to hopefully place them in the driving seat when applying for job vacancies.”

Christine Holland, Head of Apprenticeships

“My advice to you would be to seize all tasks with both hands, ask how you can help and contribute, and ask as many questions as you might have; we’ll do our best to answer them. By asking you will learn quicker and be able to contribute more.

I hope you will contribute to our purpose of improving lives through work by contributing to other people’s careers in meaningful and positive ways. I also hope you enjoy your time on the scheme. Our marketing message is Love Mondays because we want people to enjoy the work they do and coming in on a Monday.

Good luck with your Kickstart Scheme journeys and I hope to meet you along the way!”

James Reed, CEO

James Reed - chairman and CEO at REED

Early Careers Options at Reed

Reed has always been committed to supporting young adults into employment. In addition to our Kickstart Scheme vacancies, we have a range of entry routes detailed below for people of all backgrounds, education and experience.



Reed are an government-approved Apprenticeships provider, offering workplace training qualifications in both Recruitment and IT.

Visit our Apprenticeships Careers page.

Job Crowd top company for graduates to work for 2020/21

Graduates / Students

If you are a graduate with a 2.1 degree classification or above then visit our Graduate Training Scheme page.

If you are currently studying as an Undergraduate and are looking for a placement/sandwich year, click here.



Reed have always offered internships of some kind. Currently while Kickstart funding is available these are our main stream of internships, but make sure to keep an eye out for other opportunities or contact us directly to enquire about opportunities.

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