What is Kickstart?

What is Kickstart?

At a glance...

  • Provides job placements for 16-24 year olds at your business
  • Wages are FULLY FUNDED to national minimum wage
  • National insurance contributons are FULLY FUNDED
  • Minimum pension contributions are FULLY FUNDED
  • Job placements are for 25 hours a week, for 6 months.

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Our webinar speakers:

Steve Newsham - Regional Director, Regenda Homes

Steve Newsham Steve lives in Wyre and has worked for the Regenda Group for 15 years in his role as Regional Director . He is based in Fleetwood where he works with many community organisations and businesses to deliver the Regenda Home 10 year investment plan to contribute to the regeneration work taking place in Fleetwood. Steve is passionate about creating opportunities for younger people and is leading on the Kickstart programme in Fleetwood and Wyre. Steve said , “I am really excited about this government funding programme to create paid work for young people. I actually started my career aged 17 on a similar programme and it’s a great opportunity to kickstart the careers for thousands of young people” 

Andrea Wallace - Senior Economic Development Officer, Wyre Borough Council


Andrea is Senior Economic Development Officer at Wyre Borough Council - stimulating business and economic growth via collaboration. She has previous experience in business consultancy and business development management, forming strategy for growth/profits, building and improving operational structures, project and programme effectiveness, with specific expertise in the Public Government Sector. Andrea is very familiar with the complexities and challenges of large organisations with diverse agendas and, with efficient cross-functional collaboration, has responded with sound, strategic and tactical initiatives to enable productive financial outcomes and the implementation of operational best practices relating to sub regional strategies and investment planning.

Joanne Abraham - Managing Director, The Learning Foundry

Joanne Abraham Joanne is Managing Director at The Learning Foundry, and her absolute passion is supporting individuals to achieve their full potential.  Having started her career as anapprentice, Joanne is passionate about helping people and businesses to make their talent shine! The Learning Foundry is one of the top performing training providers in the Liverpool City Region, with achievements rates for learners consistently performing above the national average.

Dr Mark Spencer - GP, Mount View Practice, Fleetwood

Dr Mark Spencer

Dr Mark Spencer is a GP at  Mount View Practice in Fleetwood and was the inspiration in setting up the Healthier Fleetwood project which has gained national attention including broadcasts on BBC1. 

He says, "Hope, a sense of purpose and control over your own life and your environment will bring major health benefits for individuals and the whole community and this is why I am getting behind the Kickstart programme”