Taking young people off benefits

Wednesday 10th November 2021

There’s just over a month left until the government Kickstart scheme ends. It is a fantastic scheme that takes young people off benefits and puts them into quality jobs. They are paid the minimum wage, they learn valuable skills that they can keep for life, and it is fully funded by government. So if you’re a local business, and you haven’t yet had a chance to look into it, please do. 

I caught up with Aaron Atwal from Canal & River Trust and Dam Sood from The Indian Tavern at my recent jobs fair - they have both successfully taken on local young people as kickstarters and given them some incredible opportunities. And if you’re a business that’s participated in the scheme, or if you are a kickstart apprentice, get in touch, I’d like to hear from you!

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Delivering for Dudley's special needs pupils - Wed 12th May

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Pandemic money for Dudley - Thu 1st April

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In conversation with Netherton C of E - Tue 26th January

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Rolling out Covid vaccines in Dudley - Mon 18th January

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Rethinking and reskilling after Covid - Thu 3rd December

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Regenerating Brierley Hill - Tue 25th August

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Learning difficulties and Covid - Sat 15th August

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