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Newark College and Newark and Sherwood District Council welcome new starters through government Kickstart scheme

Newark College has welcomed a new starter through the government’s Kickstart scheme.

Charlie Warrington is a trainee marketing and clerical assistant.

Kickstart provides funding to create job placements for 16 to 24 year olds in receipt of Universal Credit who potentially could be at risk of long-term unemployment.

Charlie Warrington is trainee marketing and clerical assistant at Newark College thanks to the Kickstart programme. (45634487)
Charlie Warrington is trainee marketing and clerical assistant at Newark College thanks to the Kickstart programme. (45634487)

The scheme offers six-month paid jobs with local employers, funded by the government, giving them the chance to gain experience.

“The scheme is a great programme to provide young individuals, such as myself, the opportunity to gain the experience they may be lacking,” said Charlie.

“Having finished my university degree during a pandemic, I found it difficult to find work, but the Kickstart scheme provided me with the foundations to gain valuable experience at the beginning of my working career.”

Kickstart scheme (45841529)
Kickstart scheme (45841529)

The college’s advanced curriculum coach, Penny Taylor, said: “We are delighted to welcome Charlie to Newark College and through the Kickstart scheme Charlie will work alongside a range of different departments in Newark College as well as engaging with our students.

“Charlie will continue to have access to training during this time and we will support him in his career journey.”

Newark and Sherwood District Council has offered seven jobs through the Kickstart scheme.

It has had its first new starter join and there are currently six more vacancies, including domestic services assistant, grounds maintenance operative, street cleansing operative, street warden, technical support assistant and tourism and economic growth assistant.

Council leader David Lloyd said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for younger people to get that valuable work-based experience to kickstart their career.

“Not only is it a chance for young people to gain experience while earning a salary, but it’s an opportunity for them to build on their CV making it easier for them to secure jobs in the future.”

The scheme was announced by the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, in summer 2020. A £2bn pot is available to fully fund positions with businesses across Britain.

Newark College, part of the Lincoln College Group, is the official Kickstart Gateway for employers in the area.

Gary Headland, chief executive of Lincoln College Group, said: “The Kickstart programme plays a vital role in enabling us to not only expand and enhance our team here at Lincoln College Group, but to also open up and provide a career pathway to many young people.

“Lincoln College Group is an official Kickstart gateway in partnership with DWP and, as such, our experts can provide all the support and knowledge local organisations need to confidently navigate the Kickstart recruitment process.”

There are more than 40 placements available in the district with a wide variety of firms, including Glorious Groceries and Viridis in Newark and Inspired Scaffolding at Bilsthorpe.

Anyone aged 18 to 24 and interested in the scheme should contact Newark Job Centre Plus on 0800 169 0190.

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