Sheffield Futures
Sheffield Futures
Sheffield Futures
Sheffield Futures
Sheffield Futures
Sheffield Futures


Sheffield Futures can help support your business if you take on a young person through the Kickstart Scheme. What is Kickstart and how can we help? Read on to find out more.

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit, and is part of the UK Government’s Plan for Jobs. Its purpose is to mitigate the devastating impact the Coronavirus pandemic has had on businesses and youth employment.  

Between November 2020 and December 2021 UK employers can hire a young person with their wages fully funded for six months. There is no limit to the number of employees an employer may take on through the scheme, and £1500 is provided to fund training and support.

There is no obligation to offer permanent employment after the six-month period, meaning Kickstart offers businesses value and flexibility

How can the Kickstart Scheme benefit your organisation?

  •  100% wage incentivised youth talent for six months  
  • Accessible talent pipeline
  • No obligation to offer permanent employment  
  • Free £1,500 training budget for your Kickstart employees
  • Be a community champion for local youth employment  

Employers are expected to provide meaningful employment and development opportunities for their new employees Evidence must be provided to demonstrate the following on Kickstart applications: 

  • Employability skills training and development such as communication, teamwork and timekeeping 
  • Support to find long-term employment 
  • Careers advice 
  • CV and interview enrichment 

Work with us

Our team at Sheffield Futures have designed an expert training package which provides everything Kickstart employees need. Our package has three key elements: 

  1. Focused – Employability skills online training workshops
  2. Coordinated – High quality careers information, advice and guidance interview
  3. Supported – Emotional wellbeing live workshops and monthly check-in calls from practitioners 

Why choose Sheffield Futures?

We're an award-winning young people’s charity with a track record for supporting young people to achieve their full potential in learning, employment, and life to secure a positive future. We've been doing this for over 25 years.


We received the 2020 Career Development Institute Award for Innovative and Impactful Employer Engagement, for our work supporting employers to hire young people from the care system, and the 2020 Opportunity Sheffield Innovation in Delivery, for our rapid response during the pandemic in offering virtual support to young people.

Programme Overview

An exceptional package for exceptional Kickstart employees 

Your Kickstart employee will be embarking on an exciting new career journey.  

Enable them to unleash their potential by providing the Sheffield Futures Kickstart training package. It has been finely tuned from 25 years of professional youth work to provide every element a young person needs to thrive. 

This package is digitally delivered to enable consistency and reliability throughout the pandemic. 

FOCUSED: Employability Skills

Empowerment through strengthening the essential skills, values and personal qualities exceptional employees possess.

Our package: £375

Expert digital workshops on Skills & Development, Beginning Work Brilliantly and Knowing the Labour Market

COORDINATED: Careers Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

Enable effective career planning with high-quality information, labour market information and expert guidance techniques.

Our package: £60

Professional career planning session with a highly experienced level 6 qualified CEIAG advisor.

SUPPORTED: Emotional Wellbeing

Encouraging positive emotional wellbeing through sharing experiences with peers, learning emotion management techniques, receiving reassurance and reflecting positively on the Kickstart journey.

Our package: £400

Monthly check-in calls from qualified wellbeing practitioners, part of our award winning mental health and wellbeing team, and two practitioner-led workshops to train participants to manage their wellbeing effectively throughout their Kickstart journeys.


You can choose to purchase the packages separately, or choose the full programme of Employability Skills, Careers Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) and Emotional Wellbeing, at a reduced price.

Full package: £750 (worth £835)

Your point of contact

Alex’s friendly proactive approach helps to develop partnerships and a range of opportunities for young
people to flourish. This has enabled businesses to recruit talented young people, ‘youth-proof’ their businesses, and deliver local charitable impact.  

Contact Alex to find out if your business can: 

  • Benefit from youth recruitment incentives like Kickstart, apprenticeships and traineeships 
  • Undergo our ‘youth-proofing’ assessment delivered by expert Young Advisors.  
  • Be a force for community good. Support school children with inspirational employer insights.  
  • Partner with Sheffield Futures and support our charity events and campaigns 

We work with employers in Sheffield who see the potential of young people. We support companies and organisations to provide opportunities for young people that tap into their potential and skills and help them to thrive. If you're a local employer looking to support young people into the world of work, we'd love to speak to you.

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