The Kickstart Scheme (funded through the Department of Work and Pensions), which bridges the employment and skills gap for young people and businesses, has been a boost to the morale and productivity of young people and businesses in our area.
Last week, Leeds Discovery Centre held day two of a three-day Kickstart induction event with new participants meeting to engage in an introduction to their Leeds City Council Kick Start placement. The day covered how Kickstart will benefit each of them individually at the start of their employment journey and how transferable skills can be gained on their placement which will be invaluable to the development of their career. It included an induction into the processes and procedures used at Leeds City Council to help participants succeed in their role.
The backgrounds of the participants were as varied and interesting as the day and included participants with A-Levels, degrees, without formal qualifications and those with limited or no previous work experience. However, the one thing they all had in common was a shared desire and interest to learn about Kickstart and how it can benefit them to develop their career. Comments on the day after the event included:
“I feel more confident meeting people again”
“This is great onboarding for how to work in a public-facing company”
“it’s been so informative and very interesting”
The Kickstart Scheme is open to businesses of all sizes and sectors and is a government-funded scheme which helps to create six-month placements for 16–24 year olds. This allows businesses to help those young people gain valuable work experience and hopefully move onto sustainable employment following their placement.
If you would like to learn more about the Kickstart scheme which provides grant funding to employers to create new jobs for young people please see Employment Skills Leeds website.