Friday, August 13, 2021

100 Young People employed through "Kickstart"

West Lancashire Borough Council has reached a significant milestone through the delivery of its ‘Kickstart’ scheme, a government funded employment programme in which young people aged 16 to 24 year on Universal Credit, can access a six-month work placement through a partnership created through the Council and 64 local employers across West Lancashire. 

The West Lancashire Kickstart Gateway has recently reached 100 young people placed into employment with local businesses and at the Council. This is 40 more placements than the team had originally planned and the team are currently working on filling even more vacancies for the remaining 4 months of the scheme.  

The first two young people to enrol through Kickstart in February have both been offered permanent positions now their placements have been completed, and the Council are hopeful several other young people on the scheme will also be offered longer term roles after their placements have finished.

All young people on the scheme are offered a comprehensive package of training and support with roles being filled across a range of sectors including IT, digital marketing, hospitality, environmental services and property management.  

Paul Garton, Commercial Director at Motion Graphix in Skelmersdale said "Thanks to the Kickstart programme we've managed to fill 4 key roles with talented people that may never have had a chance. The team at West Lancs Council have been incredible in their continued support not only for us, but for our new team members".

Chris Lloyd, Business Director at Base-dance in Burscough is also really pleased with the scheme and added "I can't believe the talent that is out there, our Kickstarter Rose has been a breath of fresh air and we just know she will keep bringing innovation and new ideas to the business."

Councillor Yvonne Gagen, portfolio holder for Leisure and Human Resources, said: " We are delighted by the success of the Kickstart scheme which is designed to support young people who have struggled to gain employment due to the coronavirus pandemic. This is also a great opportunity for local employers to boost their business with the talents and enthusiasm these young people can offer."

The scheme is due to end in December, subject to any extension from the Department of Work & Pensions. Vacancies are still available for any young person aged 16-24 in receipt of Universal Credit.

Anyone who wishes to get involved should speak to their local Job Centre or the Council's Kickstart team by emailing kickstart@westlancs.gov.uk