The Security Institute supports the UK Kickstart Scheme

According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (2020), 750,000 16- to 24-year-olds apply for universal loans. This underlines the large number of young people who are financially hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and cannot find work.

To help young people looking for work during these difficult times, the UK government has launched the Kickstart program, which provides employers with £ 2 billion in funding. As part of the Kickstart program, the government will make funds available to employers to offer universal loan work to young people.

Typically, a single employer must be able to fill at least 30 positions to apply for the funds available under the government’s Kickstart program. As a non-profit association, however, the security institute has developed into a gateway provider for the security industry. This way, many more employers in the security industry looking to create 29 jobs or fewer for young people can apply for funding through the Kickstart program.

Kickstart funding

The state funds available under the Kickstart program are used to finance 6-month internships for young people. Employers receive 100% of the national minimum wage for 25 hours of work per week, plus social security and automatic enrollment contributions. Employers also have the option to pay extra hours to support the system in order to best meet the needs of a particular organization.

There is also a £ 1,500 per placement grant to help employers pay for the setup, support and training costs that may come with hiring a new employee.

After this 6-month internship, the employer can offer the young person a permanent position or let him find other opportunities with different experiences in his résumé to support future applications.

The Safety Institute hopes that the Kickstart program will help introduce more talented young people to the world of safety and open the doors to a whole range of opportunities within the sector. In order to improve standards and lay a solid foundation for the future success of the sector, the Security Institute recognizes that the sector needs to attract and embrace the diverse talent among young people in the UK. The new perspective of young people will help the sector better address a wide variety of different challenges facing security professionals and ensure that we are well equipped to face the security threats of the future.

Many young people may not even have considered a role in security. There are a wide range of roles that fall under the security umbrella and many potential opportunities for young people to build successful careers regardless of their skills or interests. It is hoped that security employers who participate in the Kickstart program will see more young people how successful a career in security can be.

Rick Mounfield CSyP FSyI, Chief Executive of the Security Institute, said of the Kickstart program and its importance to the security industry: “The challenges for the security sector are evolving and increasing. Hence, it is imperative that we attract more talented young people to the world of security. The Kickstart program has given us a fantastic opportunity to do this with full financial support from the UK Government. As a growing sector with diverse skill gaps, the security industry can offer young people a range of interesting and fulfilling roles. “

To participate in the Kickstart program by becoming a registered employer with the security institute, please send an email to You can find more information here:

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