Making sure Kickstart works

Wednesday 14 October 2020 | 12.00 – 1.00pm

The Coronavirus pandemic has triggered a labour market crisis and young people are at the sharp end. Youth unemployment has risen fastest in previous recessions, and this seems to be happening again; young people are more likely to have lost their jobs, and they are more likely to have been furloughed. Given the long-term scarring effects of youth unemployment, preventing a rise in joblessness among young people is rightly a priority for government.

The Kickstart scheme – which formed the centrepiece of the government’s plan for jobs – aims to prevent a rise in youth unemployment. It will create thousands of temporary job opportunities, ring-fenced for young people. This webinar will explore the policy context, how Kickstart will work, and what we need to do to make it a success.


  • Stephen Evans, chief executive, Learning and Work Institute
  • Oliver Stanley, Kickstart policy team, Department for Work and Pensions
  • Sam Windett, director of policy, Impetus
  • John Westby, head of fundraising and business development, Clarion Futures
List of Kickstart Scheme employer contacts

DWP Responses

Responses to questions raised during the making sure Kickstart works webinar.

DWP Kickstart presentation

Oliver Stanley