Gloucestershire Kickstart Collective

A Kickstart Scheme has just been announced (2nd September 2020) by the government (all information here).

The scheme is a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements aimed at those aged 16 to 24 who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long term unemployment.

Funding available for each job will cover 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. Employers CAN give more hours and pay more.

There is also £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.

Join our Gloucestershire Kickstart Collective

A view from our office. Building painted in 2015 by artist Trix to commemorate the Rugby World Cup, with matches played at Kingsholm

Employers that are able to take on thirty or more new staff members can apply for the grant directly.


If your organisation is creating fewer than 30 job placements, you cannot apply directly. You must partner with other organisations in order to create a minimum of 30 job placements before applying.

Other organisations could include:

  • similar employers
  • local authorities
  • trade bodies
  • registered charities

This is where the idea of a Kickstart Collective for Gloucestershire started.

The scheme is a fantastic opportunity for both employers and employees.

We’re fortunate to have grown towards the end of lockdown (after a rocky few weeks as we entered into it!), and as such, have been lucky enough to be in a position to recruit more people (as per our careers page – we’re hiring right now!).

We have space for and are more than happy to commit to five new employees to benefit from the Kickstart Scheme across Radioactive PR and sister company Radioactive Talent.

All we need are other employers to join our collective and offer at least twenty five more jobs. We will act as the representatives for the group to submit the application (the job centre, which deals with representatives, is about 100m from our office, so it kind of makes sense!).

Join our collective using this form:

A bit about why we love the scheme

I (Rich Leigh – agency founder here, HI) have often talked about social mobility and diversity in PR in particular. We have successfully worked with local apprenticeship providers to try to widen our potential pool of talent (two of our employees came to us this way and have been with us for years!) – but I’m aware that this doesn’t begin to scratch the surface. People like me, from a less privileged background and with limited education, rarely find their way into public relations. We usually just fall into it.

This scheme could be the answer the industry is looking for to find, reach and give paid experience and, hopefully, longterm employment to people that would have otherwise had NO idea that they’d be amazing in PR.