Springboard’s KickStart programmes are open to school and college leavers (16+) who are undecided on their career plans and is designed to help them in their career decision making.

It is hard for young people to get a start on the career ladder. KickStart (previously known as Summer School) has a proven track record in providing a structured transition from full time education into employment, apprenticeships and further or higher education within the field of hospitality, leisure or tourism.

The programme allows businesses an opportunity to see, first hand, the talent that is out there as well as providing a platform for students to gain real insight into the wealth of opportunities they have on offer.


For a participant leaving education this 3 week model over the summer months provides an excellent transition into the world of work through:

  • Interviews – directly with the business
  • Pre-placement training including information, advice and guidance, work tasters and recognised certified short courses
  • Two week work placement which follows the quality standard INSPIRE
  • Mentoring support from the Springboard regional team – throughout the programme

Beginning in London 1999 this programme has evolved and following a rebrand in 2013, it is now present in 8 cities:  Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester.

Since its inception this programme has seen young people enter their first opportunity and now fulfil a career within the industry.

More information

To apply or for more information visit Springboard