Schools, get fully-funded support staff aged 16–24 for up to 18 months through BeReady and the government’s

£2 billion Kickstart Scheme.


At BeReady we understand that Covid-19 has placed enormous extra workload on school staff and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.


What you need are extra support staff, quickly and at zero cost. And that’s where BeReady and the Kickstart Scheme can help you.


By proposing to work with schools as a DWP Kickstart Gateway Organisation for education, BeReady and its partners have made it quick and easy for you to access those extra staff and get the relevant National Minimum Wage and related contributions paid for by the scheme.

We can supply one or as many Kickstart-funded staff as you need, just for the next 6 months or for the whole Kickstart 18-month period. Each extra staff member will be a 6-month fully-funded work placement for 25 hours per week.


To get started, see our sample job roles below. You can apply for multiple roles and you’re not limited by these, you can blend elements of different roles into a single one or create new roles.


Then call us on 020 7046 7082 or use the contact form at the bottom this page and we’ll get the ball rolling.


Read on to learn why we are the first choice Kickstart Gateway for schools, trusts, colleges and universities.

Why BeReady Kickstart?

Our proven record in delivering innovative, budget-saving solutions for schools makes us your first choice for sourcing Kickstart-funded extra staffing.

Backed by our many years’ experience in helping to develop both young people and teaching staff, our Kickstart role is simple and highly focused: to make it easy for you to get fully-funded extra staff into your schools and quickly helping your existing staff to cope with increased workloads.

What’s more, each Kickstart young person we place with you will benefit from 24 hours of our CPD accredited, free employability skills training on the BeReady online learning platform.

Better Kickstart staff, improved career prospects

This accredited online employability skills content will help them gain valuable skills such as communication, resilience and confidence. Making them better and more productive employees whilst they are with you, as well as helping them secure long-term work beyond their placement.

The BeReady online platform also allows you to track and record each employee’s progress with this training provision, ensuring you are compliant with your obligations in this area as an employer.

Get in touch now or check out our downloadable guides, below, for further information on how to get the BeReady Kickstart scheme working for you.

Employability skills training

Sample job roles for schools

How to apply

Schools – choose from these sample Kickstart job roles or create your own

General/Safeguarding Assistant

This role combines the duties of classroom assistant, welfare assistant (supervising children during breaks and lunchtime), school office assistant, and general duties such as sanitisation of desks and guiding pupils to follow applicable Covid-19 regulations.

Download full job description

IT Assistant

This role provides essential ICT support to pupils and teachers. It is recognised that applicants in the age range 16–24 will have many digital skills. The role may also include general office and classroom duties.

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Subject Assistant

This role provides support to pupils and teachers in a specific subject (e.g. Food Technology or Design Technology), which the applicant enjoyed or excelled in at school or college. The role may also include general office and classroom duties.

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PE Assistant

The role provides coaching to pupils during sessions provided in school time and after-school clubs. It is likely the candidate will have studied PE at school, and possibly a sports subject at college. The role may also include general office and classroom duties.

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Office Assistant

This role provides administrative support to the front office/reception office of a school or in a Multi Academy Trust, helping with a range of administrative duties to support other office staff, teachers and pupils.

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Catering Assistant

This role provides general support in the school kitchens, working on the preparation and serving of lunchtime food. Other responsibilities include cleaning and duties related to the ordering and stocking of supplies.

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Facilities Assistant

This role provides assistance to the School Caretaker/Site Maintenance Manager or team with the general upkeep and maintenance of the school.

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Covid Testing Staff

These employees are to assist schools in the delivery of Covid-19 testing. Though potentially interchangeable, individual roles are:
Covid Team Leader, Covid Test Assistant, Covid Processing Operative, Covid Registration Assistant, Covid Results Recorder

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Create your own role

Create your own brief job description for a job in your school for a 16–24 year old and get it fully funded by the Kickstart Scheme.

Write two or three short paragraphs on the role using our downloadable job descriptions as a guide, then email to us at

Most existing school staff have increased or more difficult workloads as a result of Covid-19 measures. Extra help for schools, in the form of Kickstart-funded young support staff, is most welcome. At the same time, young people from 16 to 24 years of age will gain valuable work experience, money in their pockets and free employability skills training as a result of the BeReady Kickstart Scheme. It’s a clear win-win.

Brian Lightman, Board member of the Careers and Enterprise Company and former General Secretary of ASCL

NESi (National Employability Skills Initiative) mission

School partners include

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