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NCF Kickstart Scheme

NCF are proud to announce the launch of our NCF Kickstart Scheme to support care providers to access the Department for Work and Pensions Kickstart Scheme. The NCF Kickstart Scheme is in collaboration with Pathway CTM and Cohesion.

We launched the NCF Kickstart Scheme in Spring 2021 with a sector-wide introductory webinar which was extremely well attended. At the beginning of July over 55 applications had been submitted to DWP to recruit young people into roles within the adult social care sector at both National Care Forum member and non-member organisations

What is Kickstart?

Kickstart is a scheme that provides funding to create new job placements for 16-24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment.

What are NCF offering?

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 the best possible Kickstart Experience to the whole care sector.

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

This unique scheme offers a package of support not just for young people employed through the Kickstart Programme but also to care providers taking part in the scheme, and their existing employees who are acting as mentors for their new colleagues.Interested? Want to find out more?

Contact Claire Sutton on 07796 251666 or by email:

What are people saying about Kickstart?

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 opportunities 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. We are really pleased to be working with Pathway, Cohesion and our members to make absolutely sure that each and every Kickstart employee gets the best experience of social care, and becomes a life long champion of the difference that care makes to peoples lives, each and everyday.

Cohesion are pleased to be working in partnership with the NCF and Pathway CTM to support members who decide to participate in the Kickstart Scheme.  Attracting and retaining early talent for social care is more important now than ever and schemes like Kickstart have an important part to play. We hope to see as much take up as possible before the last intake in December.

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 also 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.

We are delighted to be involved in the Kickstart Scheme provided by CMT Pathways and the NCF. This is a great opportunity to bring new people into the care sector, and to enable our existing Making Space colleagues to pass on their knowledge whilst enhancing their own skills and experiences.