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Government Kickstart scheme to assist Newark and Sherwood employers in helping young people at risk of long-term unemployment

Young people wanting a head start in a new career have taken their first steps to success.

The Kickstart scheme helps those aged 16 to 24 who are at risk of long-term unemployment to get into the job market by providing government funding for employers to create six-month placements.

An induction day at Newark allowed potential candidates to meet a Newark company offering eight places through the scheme.

An interview taking place at the Kickstart programme.
An interview taking place at the Kickstart programme.

Teaching Art, on Brunel Drive, supplies art materials and runs an established membership organisation for thousands of artists.

Candidates at the induction day were offered a short course, preparing them for employability and learning about the new role.

Those who complete the course are guaranteed an interview for a full-time job.

The company has roles for two marketing assistants, a finance assistant and five warehouse staff. It is working with a gateway group formed to support SMEs wanting to run the scheme, including members from the Futures national careers service, Newark and Sherwood District Council, Newark Business Club and Lincoln College.

Candidates at the induction day included Annabel Shaw, 18, of Claypole, who was job-hunting after studying art and design at college.

She knew Teaching Art, having bought materials from them, and said she thought Kickstart was an amazing opportunity.

Sam Ip, 24, of Newark, did a law degree and worked in sales, but wanted a new direction.

“I was interested to see what opportunities this had to offer,” he said.

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