Update – as of the 24th September, we’re at 51 confirmed placements across 26 companies!
We recently announced that we’d lead a group of companies and organisations to offer thirty or more wholly subsidised placements for out-of-work young people in Gloucestershire.
The Kickstart scheme is a £2bn government fund designed to get people into work, at a difficult time for many. Redundancies have hit under 25s the hardest since lockdown began, putting quarter of a million people in this age group out of work.
Here’s the page we created to explain the scheme, and why it’s a win-win for both young people and companies around the country.
It’s where we’ve collected interest that we then need to take to our local job centre.
Well – in just two weeks, we’ve passed the thirty minimum placements threshold, across dozens of local companies representing a huge range of industries all around the county! We’re up to fifty one placements committed.
(Don’t let that put you off if you’d still like to get involved – you can let your interest be known using this simple form).
The companies, besides us (we’re offering five placements) are:
- Iron-Mills – e-commerce (food products) – Cheltenham
- Quayside Wealth Management – wealth management – Gloucester
- MRCB Home Improvements – home improvements – Gloucester
- Nettl – creative marketing and website design – Gloucester and Cheltenham
- 10 Yetis PR – PR and marketing – Gloucester
- Neon Play – mobile game design and development – Cirencester
- Griffiths Marshall – accountancy – Gloucester and the Forest of Dean
- Bookworm – independent charity bookshop – Tewkesbury
- Ciriaco – virtual assistants and event management – Cheltenham
- Harbour Key Limited – accountancy and business advice – Cheltenham
- Caple Banks – financial services – Bristol and Gloucester
- Sanctus Group – environmental contracting and training – Gloucester
- Ethical Addictions Coffee Roasters – coffee – Gloucester
- The Vine Bar and Kitchen – hospitality – Gloucester
- Cotswold and County Aesthetics – health and beauty – Gloucester
Tewkesbury Co-Working (Treetop Property LLP) – office space – Tewkesbury
- Tayntons Solicitors – legal – Gloucester and Forest of Dean
- Monster Mix – concrete and aggregates – Gloucester
- CBK Recruitment – recruitment – Gloucester
- TruGreen – lawn care – Gloucester
- Arriva Group / Keyway – construction, plant hire and haulage – Gloucester
- DF Legal – law – Stroud
- The Crowd Agency – marketing and advertising – Cheltenham
- Blue Sky Signs Ltd – signage and printing – Gloucester
- Outdoor & Cycle Concepts (Cotswold Outdoors, Runners Need and Snow + Rock) – retail – Cirencester
The next step is to take this interest to our local job centre and go from there. I’d just like to say thank you to everybody that has both joined and shared news of this collective. It’ll make a genuine difference, and I’m confident we’ll find some incredibly talented young people we just otherwise wouldn’t have come across.