Young people step into workplace thanks to scheme

Published Friday 12 March 2021

More than 30 work placements, created to help young people struggling to find employment in the challenging economic climate, are now ready to be filled.

In November 2020, Harborough District Council invited businesses to apply for the national Kickstart scheme which provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit.

Young people at work

Now, thanks to a fantastic response from businesses, young people can apply for a diverse range of job roles, including retail, IT, health, crafts, sports, marketing and more, through their local Job Centre Plus.

Successful applicants will begin six month paid work placements to help them gain valuable skills, experience and knowledge to improve their employability.

Placements are funded by the Government scheme, giving businesses the chance to take on staff and grow through this difficult time.

Harborough District Council and Harborough Innovation Centre are playing a key role in helping local young people and employers benefit from this unique opportunity.

Cllr Phil King, Leader of Harborough District Council, said: “Young people nationally have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, as it impacts on the UK economy, so I am delighted that we have reached the stage where they can apply for these placements. It is great that local businesses have embraced this initiative which will help them grow at this challenging time.”

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The Council will also support those in the work placements with a view to possibly developing apprenticeship opportunities after the six months.

Doug Andrews, managing director of Globe 2, said: “This is a real opportunity for us to expand and, at the same time, offer a good placement for a young person, who can learn, with the possibility of a job at the end of it.”

Anyone on Universal Credit, and aged between 16-24, can ask a Job Centre Plus work coach about the Kickstart placements. Also, employers keen to get create work placements, which must be in place by December 2021, should email  

Those not eligible for Kickstart placements, but who are looking for job opportunities, can join us for the first ever Harborough Jobs Week running from Monday 22 March – Sunday 28 March 2021. Across the week the Council will be featuring live job vacancies, employment support resources and webinars to help you improve your job seeking skills.

Pictured: Cllr Phil King, Doug Andrews, and David Wright, economic development manager for HDC

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