Over 30 unemployed young people across Harborough are set to gain experience

Harborough District Council invited businesses to apply for the national Kickstart scheme - and now 30 places have been approved

By Red Williams
Monday, 25th January 2021, 10:12 am
Updated Monday, 25th January 2021, 10:16 am
Over 30 unemployed young people across Harborough are set to gain priceless experience in the workplace thanks to a new initiative.
Over 30 unemployed young people across Harborough are set to gain priceless experience in the workplace thanks to a new initiative.

Over 30 unemployed young people across Harborough are set to gain priceless experience in the workplace thanks to a new initiative.

In November 2020, Harborough District Council invited businesses to apply for the national Kickstart scheme.

That provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24-year-olds on Universal Credit.

After a “fantastic response”, the council has had its application approved for more than 30 work experience placements across Harborough, submitted on behalf of local businesses.

The Government-funded project will offer six-month paid work experience placements.

They will be provided by local businesses and co-ordinated by Harborough council’s Economic Development team and Harborough Innovation Centre.

Cllr Phil King, who leads Harborough 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 local businesses have embraced this initiative.”

He added: “As well as helping businesses gain additional support and grow at this difficult time, it is providing meaningful, paid opportunities for young people in the workplace.

“Once young people gain valuable work experience and skills, it will significantly increase their employability.”

The Kickstart scheme is part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs.

It aims to create thousands of new, fully-funded, and paid work placements across England, Scotland and Wales.

Greg Tickner is managing director of Panoptic Media Ltd - based at Harborough Innovation Centre - which is one of the businesses backing the scheme.

He said: “It is a great initiative in the current economic climate.

“We are delighted to give young people the chance to join the workforce in an arrangement that is mutually beneficial to them and our business.”

Harborough District Council will be submitting further applications in the future.

Any local employers interested in the scheme should visit the dedicated webpage at www.investinharborough.com/kickstart or email [email protected]

People eligible for placements are those claiming universal credit and aged 16-24.

Anyone interested in the scheme should let their Job Centre Work Coach know and they will discuss local opportunities when available.