Kickstart – “A sense of purpose and motivation 

Kent based national training organisation Go Train are hugely proud to have taken on 30 new Kickstart trainees in the height of the pandemic.   

Recent graduates and unemployed 16-24 year oldon universal credit feeling bewildered by the pandemic with no work or training, joined the government funded Kickstart scheme with Go Train. Kickstart is giving them new-found confidence, training and 25 hours a week guaranteed work for 6 months. Go Train’s Kickstarters come from West Midlands, Kent, Wiltshire, London and Essex. 

Steven Wines, CEO of Go Train, is thrilled with the Kickstart take up; “I’m excited we can help young people during the pandemicWe moved much of our organisation online, and knew we were in a position to provide a safe working platform for them. 

Emily, 23, from Birmingham “I completed my degree June 2020 and then spent the summer applying for jobs and getting no response. It was very demotivating and resulted in me needing finical support from Universal Credit. My Work Coach suggested I complete a course at Go Train and during this course the centre manager, Tim, told me about Kick Start. I applied to the scheme and was successful.  

Being able to complete the training online from my own home with so much support from my tutor and HR is amazing. I am now part of a fantastic teamenjoying working and having responsibilities.” 

Lizzie Gorvett Head of HR at Go Train says “The Kickstart agenda fits in perfectly with Go Train’s.  We have ensured our Kickstart employees are welcomed into our new mental health initiatives, ensuring they feel included, supported and valued during their time with us.” 

Amber, 19, from Swindon “I was looking for a job or apprenticeship as I had finished college but due to COVID it proved quite difficult. I heard about Kickstart through work coach. It has helped me be more positive about my future as I am able to gain experience, due to COVID and the difficulty finding a job I wasn’t feeling great about myself or my future but getting the job boosted my confidence and motivation.  

It’s made me feel good about myself as I feel a sense of purpose. It’s also given me the chance to occupy my time and mind during lockdown, which is just what I needed! Online learning has been good for me.”

Steven Wines adds “I urge local and national employers to consider this scheme while it’s still on offer. We now have some highly valued talent whom we would not have come across without Kickstart.” 

Go Train were awarded the Kickstart contract in October 2020 to take 30 Kickstarters.  We started 15 Kickstarters on 8th Feb, another 8 on 15th Feb, 5 on 1st March with 3 remaining to recruit. 

Each recruit undertakes a 2 day induction with our HR team which includes an intro to the Go Train business, remote working, pillars of employability and systems training. In their first month they are also undertaking 21st Century skills which is a comprehensive 9 day programme including sessions on self-awareness, financial management and workplace specific skills.