Looks fine but I prefer more on doing something buy yourself without doing all the things on a fixed board.
I have an outdated electronic background. This look like a good pic start?
17 in 1 Deluxe Microcontroller Exploration Lab-The Electronic Goldmine
For a person who is just getting started I prefer they not use a complex board like the EasyPIC16. The breadboard helps them make the connection between schematics and circuits. mel8030 says he has an outdated electronics background. In this case I would go with whatever will work best for him.
To put it another way. The person who uses the EasyPIC16 (or similar) may be able to use the LCD on the board may be clueless about how to use one in a circuit.
That's a good point, something like an EasyPIC might be a bit daunting to a beginner too. I was thinking purely along a price comparison with the product he linked.
Finally to be able to become a practical hardware maker and software writer, better to follow the advises, first reply by Gayan Soyza, and now Nigel and 3v0. Perhaps many many others. what ever you invest, pays, to make a career and a good Hobby. at the end of say 3 to 4 months,you would realise that you really gained enough.hello Nigel
you said "You still need to buy PICkit 2 tho."
This is not in the kit? or will be needed later as I become more knowledgeable.