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The Objective


Ikkaido is an approved employer in the government's new Kickstart Scheme to fund the direct creation of high quality jobs for young people at the highest risk of longterm unemployment. It gives young people the chance to build their confidence and skills in the workplace, and to gain experience that will improve their chances of going on to find longterm, sustainable work.

This sits alongside a guaranteed foundation of support through an expanded Youth Offer delivered through DWP, providing a range of targeted support to help young people find lasting work.

How it Works


Ikkaido has access to the Kickstart Scheme with a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements aimed at those aged 16-24 who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long-term unemployment. Funding available for each job covers 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

The Benefits


For each Kickstart job, the government will support Ikkaido:

  • Cover the cost of 25 hours’ work a week at the National Minimum Wage

  • £4.55 for under 18s

  • £6.45 for 18 to 20-year-olds

  • £8.20 for 21 to 24-year-olds


Ikkaido is partnered with Oxford Applied Training, University of Oxford and Open University to offer apprenticeships in many different fields of work in business, sport and charity, including Digital Marketing and Operational Management.

Apprentices are aged 16 or over and combine working with studying to gain skills and knowledge in a specific job.

We pay our apprentices at least the minimum wage.

Our apprentices:

  • Work with experienced staff

  • Learn job-specific skills

  • Get at least 20% of their normal working hours for training or study during their working week

"Learning about planning and organisation has had a huge positive impact on my life outside of work too. I'm more able to realise my ideas and ambitions."

"I was fortunate enough to have been offered a chance to work for Ikkaido to do an apprenticeship in Team Leadership and Management. Ikkaido has given me a way to further develop my skills based on my interests and background."

"Leadership is so important in so many situations. Practicing leadership skills each day at work has changed my life."

"I feel that I have been able to impress others, contribute towards Ikkaido's mission and truly feel like part of a team."

"I intend to make the most of my time at Ikkaido and gather as many useful skills as I can."

"The apprenticeship has extended my knowledge, competences and skills, but the best bit is getting to practice what I have learned in a real-world environment in which I can make a difference to other people's lives too".

Ikkaido apprentices have the opportunity to truly make a difference whilst gaining life-changing skills in Coaching and Business.

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