In March 2021, the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), became an approved Kickstart employer. Since then, five staff have been successfully recruited to the organisation, supporting the existing team and providing valuable work experience.  

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16-24-year-olds on Universal Credit, who are at risk of being long-term unemployed.

The placements are all six months in duration and based at the Head Office in Worcester. Three placements have already started in the organisation supporting the finance and customer services teams and a further two are set to join the organisation from next week in the commercial department.

Declan Hiam joined the team as a Junior Finance Assistant in May and commented: “My experience at the RLSS UK so far has been wonderful. Everyone is friendly, and they exude a professional atmosphere! The office is always clean and very modern. I work in the finance department where my bosses are nice and relaxed; they help me with any queries with no problems at all, and I am free to work from home on some days when I don’t need to be in the office which is a blessing! I never feel tired or exhausted after my shifts! Overall, the RLSS UK was a perfect choice for me, and I wish I had seen the opportunity sooner!

If you, or someone you know, is interested in joining RLSS UK on a Kickstart placement, it isn’t too late. Placements are presently being advertised to join the customer services, compliance, and membership teams. Applicants must be 16-24-years-old on Universal Credit, and enthusiastic about joining a national charity. For more information or to apply for a RLSS UK Kickstart placement visit your local Job Centre.

To read more about the Kickstart scheme: https://kickstart.campaign.gov.uk/