A recent survey conducted by the Office for National Statistics has shown that youth unemployment is at its highest rate since 1980, with only 18% of graduates securing jobs this year, compared to the typical 60%. The number of Universal Credit claimants aged between 16-24 has increased hugely, whilst the number of available jobs plummeted. This change is largely due to the pandemic. In summer 2020, the UK Government announced a new employer initiative aimed at combatting the increased rate of unemployment, creating short-term work placements for young people who are at risk of long-term unemployment – the Kickstart Scheme.
What is it?
The Kickstart Scheme is a 6-month paid job with a local employer, funded by the Government. It provides a fully funded opportunity for young people to gain experience of working in some of Britain’s most exciting companies.
Who is eligible?
Jobs from the Kickstart Scheme are open to 16–24-year-olds, who are claiming Universal Credit, and are at risk of long-term unemployment. If you have a work coach, they will talk to you about the Kickstart Scheme and whether it is right for you.
How successful has the Kickstart Scheme been so far?
As of February 2021, over 30,000 job placements have been approved through the kickstart scheme, and almost 4,000 young people began work.
Industrial Personnel are proud to be part of this scheme, and we are excited to be able to offer job placements to 8 driven and ambitious individuals. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain an insight into the recruitment industry and receive the relevant on-the-job training and invaluable transferable skills. For the ideal candidate, there is the possibility for this to become a permanent position!
There are several positions available, each covering a range of activities, offering a diverse insight into the world of recruitment. Our available positions include; Trainee Recruitment Consultant (working across the Logistics/ Healthcare/ Industrial sectors), General Administrative Assistant, and Payroll Assistant.
Watch Industrial Personnel's Director, John, talk about our available positions!
If you are not eligible for our Kickstart Scheme, but still want to join our team of specialist recruitment consultants, don’t despair! We are also currently recruiting for consultants to join our team. Find out more here..
Alternatively, you can search our other vacancies via the tab above, or get in touch with a member of our team on 01709 821811.