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Opportunities available for young people to kick start their careers

Opportunities available for young people to kick start their careers

Over 800 Kickstart job vacancies are available in Bristol aimed at boosting the career prospects of young people across the city.

21 December 2021

Opportunities cover a range of diverse roles such as a Social Media Assistant, Chef, Carpenter and Junior Web Developer.

The Kickstart scheme provides funding to create new jobs for 16 to 24-year-olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long-term unemployment.

The Kickstart jobs are a minimum of 25 hours per week, for a period of six months and pay the National Minimum Wage or the National Living Wage for the employee’s age group.

Each role only requires basic training, which will be provided by the employer, as well as offering additional support to get you set up for your new career.

Councillor Asher Craig, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Lead for Children Services, Education and Equalities said: “The Kickstart scheme is such a great opportunity for young people to start exciting new job placements and develop new skills to help set them up for long-term employment. We welcome applications from young people in all sections of the community who have been impacted by the challenges of the pandemic.”

Bristol City Council currently have 12 Kickstart roles available and welcome applications from young people aged 16–24 who are currently claiming Universal Credit. The council offers 6-month paid job placements and pays Kickstart employees the nationally recognised Real Living Wage.

As a Kickstart employee you will also get help to develop and improve your career prospects. This could include getting help looking for long-term work, career advice, interview preparation training and developing your skills in the workplace.

Ollie Marsh from Bedminster is training as an Electrical Engineer through the Kickstart scheme after being made redundant as a result of the pandemic. After making a great impression on his new employer, Ollie increased his working hours from 25-40, which allowed him to save a deposit for a place to live. Ollie has also been offered fully funded further training through his employer.

Finlay Cochrane was struggling to find employment during the pandemic and applied for a Kickstart placement in Student Services at City of Bristol College. He has now moved on from the scheme and is working full time as an apprentice at the college.

He said: “The best thing about taking part in the Kickstart scheme is that it has helped me gain employment and prepared me for the role I was interested in by giving me experience and time to build up a skill set which helped me secure a role I was looking for.

"After being unemployed for six months and not knowing where to go next, Kickstart helped me gain a role where I am happy to go into work every day.”

All Bristol City Council Kickstart vacancies can be found via Home - Jobs - bristol.gov.uk – click the link, go to Jobs and search ‘Kickstart’ to view the roles. If you are interested in applying, please speak to your Jobcentre Work coach or email kickstart@bristol.gov.uk. Other Kickstart vacancies in the city can be found via Kickstart Jobs in Bristol

If you are not eligible for the Kickstart Scheme, free employment support is available for Bristol residents through the One Front Door Service.  

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