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Kick Start – Funded Job Placements for Young People (aged 16 to 24)

Are you able to provide a 6-month Job Placement?

Would you like it at zero cost?

The new Government Kick Start Scheme pays for Employers to offer Job Placements to 16 to 24 year olds and you will receive:

  • 100% of the National Minimum Wage to cover a 25 hour working week plus any associated Employer National Insurance Contributions and Employer Minimum Auto Enrolment Contributions
  • £1,500 to support them to build their experience and help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart Scheme Funded Job

We are working in partnership with The Buck Project who is an Intermediary for this Programme and will make sure that you get the support you need and facilitate your access to both Funding and suitable Placement(s).

Please call 01865 598180 or email to find out more.



We also offer in-house courses in:

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Free Training Courses !

This is an opportunity to upskill staff with free training courses.
Different delivery options are available which include online courses, face-to-face workshops and blended learning programmes.
There are thousands of modules to choose from which means that each course is tailored.

Examples include:

  • Management
  • Customer Service
  • Project Management
  • Communication
  • Personal Development
  • Computer Skills – such as Excel
  • Change Management
  • Finance for Non-Financial Managers
  • Effective Meetings
  • Team Building

Accredited and non-accredited courses are available.
There are also sector specific courses available.

The process is really simple.  We will come and see you, complete the forms for you to be able to access the fully funded training and then arrange your course.  Once you have received your first course you can then access additional courses for your staff – all free of charge.

Eligibility check:

  • Company based in Oxfordshire, Reading, Bracknell or Wokingham 
  • Staff employed (full or part-time)
  • Minimum of 8 people per course

If you have any questions or would like to find out more then please contact Karyn Buck. Email:

More information here.


“I was introduced to Karyn at the end of October and her local knowledge and connections with training providers was evident throughout the conversation. Karyn was very positive about the project I am coordinating and could also see my challenges, particularly working from a distance. Within days of me introducing someone who is working through our process, in need of specific training, Karyn had linked her up with the providers and she had signed up. The feedback I received was how Karyn was really helpful, listened and got everything moving very quickly. Exactly what I had hoped for.. Thank you Karyn for every bit of direction and support. Anita Wingad Community Catalysts CIC.”

Business Mentoring Programmes

The Learning Ladder are experts in implementing Mentoring Programmes within your business. We want to help you further develop a passionate culture that encourages succession planning, raising aspirations and true personal development.

The Learning Ladder has been designing, developing, establishing and embedding mentoring projects for more than 15 years and is a nationally recognised mentoring organisation. Our Mentoring Programmes can be tailor made to meet unique business needs. Examples of these are Personal Development Mentoring, Specialist Technical Mentoring, Graduate Mentoring, Apprentice Mentoring, Executive Mentoring.

We have the experience and the tools to deliver across a wide range of business sectors and provide both Mentor and Mentee Training, ensuring that both parties get the most out of such a valuable opportunity.

The Learning Ladder are specialists in business skills training.
We are based on the Oxfordshire-Buckinghamshire border, and our portfolio of business training clients and partners range from big national names such as Domino’s through leaders in their fields such as Thames Water and Imago Publishing, to a wealth of smaller, owner-managed businesses.
  We can tailor in-company training and skills or personal development courses for your business.



Our skills training covers the four key areas of business: People, Finance, Sales & Marketing and Operations.

  For a lighter aspect to your training, why not bundle it up with a bit of fun during a team building away day?
We are also specialist mentors and will create an effective programme for members of your team at whatever level they are in your business, based on our award-winning projects in a range of public and private sector settings.
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