Supporting museums to get involved in the Kickstart Scheme

The Museums Association and the Association of Independent Museums (AIM) are working together to help museums take part in the UK-wide Kickstart Scheme, the initiative launched recently by the UK Government for young people at risk of long-term unemployment.

Introduced in response to the Covid pandemic, the scheme provides six-month, fully funded placements to people aged 16-24 who are on Universal Credit or at risk of long-term unemployment, helping them develop the skills and experience they need to find work.

The scheme is a chance for museums to support wider communities and demonstrate the kinds of employment opportunities that are available in the sector. It provides funding for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, as well £1,500 per placement for initial set-up costs, training and development.

The scheme stipulates that each applicant must provide a minimum of 30 placements in order to participate. Recognising that many museums may not be able to offer this number of placements on their own, the MA and AIM have come together to help museums that are interested in participating to find a partner or form a group of museums in order to access the scheme.

We will facilitate a virtual networking session on 30 September to enable museums to explore their options and to broker partnerships.

MA workforce development officer, Tamsin Russell, says: “We were approached by a number of small museums in relation to the Kickstart Scheme, and anticipated there may be more interest to come. With the MA and AIM’s UK-wide remit, working together enables museums across the UK to come together and look at next steps.”

AIM director, Emma Chaplin, says: “It’s a tough time for everyone at the moment, but young people in particular have been hit hard by Covid-related challenges to the economy and the jobs market.

“This new scheme offers young people the chance to explore opportunities in the cultural sector whilst strengthening their employability and we are delighted to be working together with our colleagues at the MA to support members in getting involved.

“We understand that providing 30 placements is a challenge for most organisations, so we are keen to help interested museums collaborate to offer their support to the scheme. If you are interested in finding out more, do be sure to join us on our upcoming online information session.”

Email info@aim-museums.co.uk by 24 September to register your interest.

The Kickstart networking session will take place on 30 September from 10.30am to 12.00pm.

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