Young people get kick-start into employment at Southwater One event
Young people who are searching for new employment were given the chance to kick-start their careers by meeting face-to-face with employers.
Telford & Wrekin Council’s Job Box service hosted the Kickstart employers event at Southwater One, Telford.
Up to 100 young people aged 16-24 were referred to be interviewed by employers at the event by Jobcentre Plus and Telford College - a gateway for the Government’s Kickstart scheme.
Kickstart targets 16-24-year-olds who are claiming universal credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.
Representatives from a range of sectors attended the event including hospitality, healthcare and accountancy and some of the young people that they interviewed were offered jobs on the spot.
The next Kickstart event will be on Wednesday 24th November at Southwater One from 11am to 1pm where managers from Telford & Wrekin Council will be providing information on council Kickstart roles and staging interviews.
Ryan Beetlestone lost his job in the hospitality and catering industry and has recently joined the Telford Youth Hub, part of the council’s wider Job Box service, through the Kickstart programme.
Ryan, 23, of Newport, said: “I’m really excited about Kickstart and working in the Youth Hub which will hopefully give me valuable experience and be a stepping stone to a full-time career."
Fred Pearson, DWP Work Coach Team Leader, said: “This event aimed to move as many young people into new employment as possible and match them with suitable roles through the Kickstart programme.
“It gave them the opportunity to gain interview experience, explore Kickstart opportunities and meet employers who are taking on new staff through the programme.
“We are grateful to employers who supported this event and for recruiting those at risk of long term unemployment through Kickstart to help them get back on track.
“We are hoping this event will be the first of many as we reach out to young people who need our support.”
Councillor Shirley Reynolds, Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Young People, Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “Matching young people with employment opportunities is essential to ensure they don’t become long term unemployed and can set their sights on new opportunities and a future career.
“Employer events like this give young people valuable interview experience and enable them to explore their options on the Kickstart programme. It was really pleasing to see young people being offered jobs on the day.”
Job Box provides support with job vacancies, applications, interview skills, career advice, apprenticeships and training which is all having a huge impact on minimising unemployment.