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Kickstart Gateway Scheme for Heritage Employers

The Kickstart Scheme lets us help employers to provide job placements for 16-24-year-olds who are claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

The funding covers:

  • 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months
  • associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions
  • Wrap Around Training program with Intuitive Thinking Skills
  • £600 grant for employability support per Kickstart Placement

We are looking for employers from the environment and heritage sector.

As a Gateway organisation Historic England will support your application and the development training to your Kickstart employees, lifting the administrative burden from your team. Enabling you to focus your attention on providing quality workplace experience.

Archaeological Services WYAS

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire
Kickstart role offered: Finds Assistant & Archives and Logistics Assistant
Local Jobcentre: Morley

Architectural Heritage Fund

Location: London
Kickstart role offered: Communications Officer
Local Jobcentre: City Tower / Hoxton

The Bishops Palace Trust

Location: Wells, Somerset
Kickstart role offered: Trainee Assistant Gardener
Local Jobcentre: Wells

Chana Projects

Location: Henley-in-Arden
Kickstart role offered: Trainee Project Manager
Local Jobcentre: Smethwick

Chawton House Library

Location: Alton, Hampshire
Kickstart role offered: Events Assistant
Local Jobcentre: Alton

Churches Conservation Trust

Location: London and Bolton, Greater Manchester
Kickstart role offered: Young Heritage Adviser (Commercial) & Young Heritage Adviser (Communications x2)
Local Jobcentre: Barnsbury / Bolton Blackhorse and Bolton Great Moor

Council for British Archaeology

Location: York, North Yorkshire
Kickstart role offered: Young Archaeologists Club Support Assistant
Local Jobcentre: York

Dorset History Centre

Location: Dorchester, Dorset
Kickstart role offered: Conservation Assistant x2
Local Jobcentre: Weymouth

Hampshire Cultural Trust

Location: Winchester, Hampshire
Kickstart role offered: Programme Team Assistant
Local Jobcentre: Winchester

Heritage Alliance

Location: London
Kickstart role offered: Communications Assistant
Local Jobcentre: London Bridge

Hoghton Tower Preservation Trust

Location: Preston, Lancashire
Kickstart role offered: Hospitality and Events Assistant, Administrative Support Officer, Visitor Welcome Assistants & Maintenance Assistant
Local Jobcentre: Preston, Barrow, Blackburn

Lytton Enterprises (Knebworth House)

Location: Knebworth, Hertfordshire
Kickstart role offered: Maintenance Assistant
Local Jobcentre: Stevenage

MSDS Marine

Location: Belper, Derbyshire
Kickstart role offered: Trainee Project Officer (Engagement), Trainee Project Officer (Geophysics) & Trainee Project Officer (Marine Planning)
Local Jobcentre: Belper

The National Archives

Location: Richmond
Kickstart role offered: Archives Conservation Intern x2
Local Jobcentre: Twickenham

Nautical Archaeology

Location: Portsmouth
Kickstart role offered: Events
Local Jobcentre: Portsmouth

Personal Health Services (Cuckfield Park)

Location: Cuckfield, West Sussex
Kickstart role offered: Assistant Groundsman
Local Jobcentre: Hayward’s Heath

Plowden Smith

Location: Mitcham, Surrey
Kickstart role offered: Conservation
Local Jobcentre: Mitcham

Pre-Construct Archaeology

Location: County Durham; Warwickshire; Cambridgeshire; Norfolk; London
Kickstart role offered: Trainee Archaeologist x3 & Office & General Assistant x2
Local Jobcentre: Chester Le Street; Leamington Spa; Dereham; Peckham

South West Heritage Trust

Location: Exeter
Kickstart role offered: Archive Collections Care Assistant
Local Jobcentre: Exeter

The Tatton Group (Tatton Estate)

Location: Ashley, Cheshire
Kickstart role offered: Office Administrator, Property and Facilities Assistant & Junior Bookkeeper
Local Jobcentre: Altrincham / Wythenshawe

University of Edinburgh (collections)

Location: Edinburgh
Kickstart role offered: Collection Care Assistant & Conservation Assistant
Local Jobcentre: Edinburgh

University of Salford

Location: Manchester
Kickstart role offered: Assistant Historical Environment Officer
Local Jobcentre: Salford

The Van Gogh House

Location: London
Kickstart role offered: Archivist
Local Jobcentre: Stockwell

Victorian Society

Location: London
Kickstart role offered: Administrative Assistant x2 & Media Assistant x2
Local Jobcentre: Acton / Shepherd’s Bush

West Lexham Manor

Location: Kings Lynn, Norfolk
Kickstart role offered: Events, Housekeeping Assistant x4, Office Assistant, Sales & Booking Assistant, Front of House Host x4, Garden and Grounds Trainee x4, Kitchen Assistant x5, Kitchen Supervisor & Maintenance assistant x2
Local Jobcentre: Dereham

Witham Archaeology

Location: Ruskington
Kickstart role offered: Archaeology Assistant Trainee
Local Jobcentre: Sleaford

Our Kickstart Placements


Through study of Ancient History and Classics at University, I discovered an interest in material culture, exploring objects as a means of understanding ancient civilisations. An increasing interest in archaeology and collections culminated into a desire to work in Finds, as it allows me to follow objects from historical context into museums and research.

The Historic England Kickstarter presents an amazing opportunity to work on a range of incredible sites, including Birdoswald on Hadrian’s wall, learning from expert Finds Specialists and archaeologists. Through the Kickstarter scheme I am receiving a range of amazing training opportunities, and am excited to learn all I can.


I grew up just a few hundred yards from a Roman rural sanctuary on Groundwell Ridge, listed by Historic England. I regularly visit this site, and always appreciate the fact that the paths I am walking have been walked on by people for thousands of years. Further to this site, growing up in Wiltshire has given me a plethora of historic sites to frequent; from towns like Bath and Cirencester, to Stonehenge or Avebury stone circle. The history of England has always held a prominent place in my surroundings and my interests; I believe passionately that it should be protected for future generations to marvel at and use as a vessel to contemplate their own place in the history of mankind.

My role as Youth Heritage Advisor involves working with other Kickstart Placements throughout Historic England and their many gateway organisations to produce a comprehensive research report on how Young people are currently engaged in the Heritage sector – focusing on general public engagement and employment engagement – and how this may be improved in the future.


Although my history education stopped when I pursued my main interest of sport science through university, it didn’t stop my fascination for our heritage. I have always been interested in the creations of our ancestors and believe they should be carefully preserved so they can be enjoyed by future generations.

The pandemic delayed my job search after university, so subsequently I enrolled on the Universal Credit scheme for help. I often worried about whether I had the necessary experience, which put me off applying for a lot of jobs, so my work coach pointed me into the direction of the Kickstart scheme. I knew through a relative’s experience that, as well as aligning with my interests, Historic England was a great place to work with it having a relaxed but challenging environment, so I was excited when I saw they were offering Kickstart placements.

I joined the IMT department at Historic England in June 2021 as a Junior Information and Communications Officer, which allows me to work with the Change & Communications and Information & Records teams. I am looking forward to developing my knowledge and skills over the next six months, whilst learning about our heritage and helping those who preserve it, through IMT support and project rollouts.


With a background in marine science, I have been exposed to a number of practices in the field of marine environmental management and survey. As such, I have developed a strong passion for working towards responsible management of the marine environment and I relish opportunities to upskill myself in new survey techniques and the associated data interpretation.

I joined MSDS Marine in June 2021 as part of the Kickstart scheme as a Trainee Project Officer with a focus on marine geophysics. I am hugely excited to start in my role and combine my passion of history and marine management. I am also looking forward to exploring this fascinating career pathway within the marine field whilst continuing to develop my knowledge and experience in this area!


As a young child I always wanted to be an archaeologist, history had always just fascinated me, however as I got older life took me down a different path and I drifted away from archaeology. That was until June 2021 when I joined MSDS Marine as a trainee project officer. In the period between these two events, I spent my time studying for a BSc in Geography and an MSc in Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Reconstruction.  

Following my time at university while I was job hunting, I came across the kickstart scheme, a government scheme aimed to create new jobs for those 16-24 and on universal credit. I was then matched with a kickstart opportunity from MSDS Martine to become a Trainee Project Officer through my work coach.

I immediately googled their website and was very excited about the wide variety of work they do, as well as things like their outreach work with young people through The Y Heritage project. Initially I was little nervous about my lack of experience in archaeology. However, from my first interview with the company the team reassured me that it wouldn’t be a problem and that my transferable skills and environmental experience would stand me in good stead.

Kickstart cross organisational research project

At Historic England we are keen to understand how we influence and impact upon young people. We are developing a research project focusing on young people in heritage today. Our Kickstart Youth Heritage Adviser is looking for likeminded organisations to join this project. We look to create a network of young people from the Kickstart scheme to understand and evaluate how the heritage industry represents young people within the workplace focusing on careers, skills and training opportunities and engagement from the perspective of young people. We will be connecting with a range of heritage venues and professionals from across the industry to develop this research project.

We are looking for organisations to join us on this research program. Whether you are a Kickstart employer, a heritage Gateway or a heritage professional. If you are interested and would like to know more about this project, please contact the Kickstart Placement Adviser.   

How to become a Kickstart employer

If your organisation would like to join our Gateway consortium and be represented by Historic England please complete the expressions of interest application form and return to [email protected]

The Kickstart scheme

Kickstart placements:

  • must be a minimum of 25 hours per week, for 6 months
  • must be paid at least the National Minimum Wage
  • should not require people to undertake extensive training before they begin the job placement
  • must not replace redundant posts, or where staffing hours have been reduced in the past six months

Employer Requirements

To qualify to take part in this scheme your organisation must be one or both of the following:

  • a registered organisation with Companies House
  • a charity with a PAYE system registered on the Charity Commission Website

Councils and other Arm's Length Body organisations can also apply under this scheme and will be required to provide the relevant business details for your organisation.

Sole Traders, Partnerships and friends' groups are not eligible to apply for this scheme unless your organisation can be financially supported by an alternative organisation that can act as your guarantor.

In partnership with

Daniel Cook

Kickstart Placement Advisor
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