Boost for young people as Kickstart scheme set to provide hundreds of work placements

Hundreds of young people hit hard economically by the pandemic will be offered work placements over the coming months after Hackney Council was approved by the government to act as a ‘gateway’ organisation for the Kickstart scheme. 

Kickstart is helping to put 16 to 24 year olds on the first rung of their career ladder, with hundreds of placements on offer in Hackney industries including technology, fashion and the green economy. There will be 47 applicants employed by the Council directly. 

Funding will cover the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week over six months, with the Council asking employers to top up wages to a minimum of £8.72 per hour. 

Cllr Carole Williams, Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills and Human Resources
“The impact of the coronavirus pandemic has been hard on young people in Hackney, leaving many anxious about what to do next in terms of education and employment. 

“As a Council it is crucial that we harness the extraordinary talent of our young people in this borough to ensure that a generation isn’t left behind by these economically challenging times.

“This Kickstart scheme will provide opportunities for young people to develop in a working environment tailored to their interests and career aspirations.”
Cllr Carole Williams, Cabinet Member for Employment, Skills and Human Resources

The Council’s Inclusive Economy strategy focuses on the creation of meaningful, quality paid employment opportunities for Hackney residents and school leavers, ensuring everyone can benefit from Hackney’s economic growth. 

The Kickstart Scheme offers six month work placements for 16-24 year olds who are currently out of work. To join this scheme you must be on Universal Credit or be willing to apply for Universal Credit. Those interested can complete this form to apply.