Kickstarting Careers at Alcumus

We’re recruiting as part of the Government funded Kickstart Scheme to create rewarding job placements for young people.

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Written by: Alcumus
20th August

We’re recruiting as part of the Government funded Kickstart Scheme to create rewarding job placements for young people.

Kickstart was announced in July 2020 as part of the Chancellor’s plan for enabling improved access to finding job opportunities. Alcumus, as part of this, will be able to support young people to develop new skills across England, Scotland and Wales, that will help them move into exciting new employment opportunities after they have completed their job placement.

Valerie Rees, Chief People Officer:

“We’re delighted to support the Kickstart scheme and invest in the employment, training and development of young people across the UK. At Alcumus, we are committed to enabling everyone to reach their full potential and to be at their best. The Kickstart scheme is a great example of where we can truly put this value into action. Kickstart provides the opportunity for us to reach out to our local community to offer the best possible chance to succeed and provide a place where young people can gain valuable and meaningful experiences and connections. Every role contributes to our success, and we really value the contribution that every person makes.”

What Kickstart Offers

The Kickstart Scheme enables businesses like ours to offer paid job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit. You’ll receive the National Living Wage to ensure you are rewarded in the right way for the value you will bring and depending on your circumstance, you may continue to receive Universal Credit once you start work. Find out more about how your earnings affect your payments on

Not only will you be in a paid six-month job, you’ll also receive additional employability support to help boost your employment prospects in the future.

You’ll be supported by your Jobcentre Plus work coach and can find out more about Kickstart in this YouTube video.

To be eligible to apply, you’ll need to be:

  • Aged 16-24
  • Unemployed and have been in receipt of Universal Credit for six months or more
  • Referred by your Jobcentre Work Coach
  • Be available to work for 25+ hours
  • Be able to undertake a six-month training programme

Opportunities at Alcumus

We’re proud to have a culture where everyone has equal access to opportunities and where everyone is welcome, included and feels like they belong. Our customers come from all walks of life and so do we. We hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes our company stronger.

For each opportunity, we’ll help you to develop your skills and experience. When you join us, you can expect a great onboarding experience from our People Success team, one to one support with a dedicated mentor available throughout the six-month training programme, as well as guidance with employability skills including:

  • Work principles and basic skills
  • CV building
  • Interview preparations
  • How to look for long-term work
  • Career advice
  • Setting goals

Once you have confirmed the details with your job centre work coach and had a referral to us, you can apply for available roles or contact Nathan / Kate in our People Success Team via [email protected] to discuss the scheme.

  • Customer Care - Cardiff
  • Sustainability Coordinator - Cardiff
  • First Line Tech Support- Cardiff
  • Talent Projects Intern - Cardiff
  • HR Admin - Cardiff
  • Accounts Receivable Intern – Cardiff
  • IEX Helpdesk- Stratford
  • Ops Exec Customer Success - Stratford
  • Marketing Intern - Cardiff or Stratford

At the end of the placements, we’ll support our Kickstart colleagues to access permanent roles.

Tips for Getting Work-Ready

  • Check that your CV is up-to-date and ready to go. For advice on writing your CV visit the National Careers Service website or take a look at the Department for Work and Pensions video on YouTube.
  • Tailor the content of your cover letter to the job you’re applying for, include at the beginning the job title, reference number and your name, keep it to one page and make it relevant to your CV. For advice on writing your cover letter visit the National Careers Service website.
  • Proofread your CV and cover letter before you send them.
  • Once you’ve been invited to interview, spend some time researching the company.
  • Rehearse your answers to common interview questions or try a mock interview with a family member or friend.
  • It’s always a good idea to have a spare CV and application form with you at an interview.
  • Remember, an interview is a two-way street. You should feel free to ask questions if there’s something about the role or organisation that you want to know.
  • Take a look at the Skills Toolkit and free courses to help you learn new skills.
  • Once you’ve done all this preparation just remember to be yourself!

No matter what role you have, if you share our values and our enthusiasm for creating a safer and more sustainable world, you will find a home at Alcumus.