Over 307 new jobs for young people in Reading

Over 250 new jobs for young people in Reading

New Directions College secures Kickstart funding for over 307 jobs with local businesses for young people in Reading

  • New Directions College has secured grant funding for 307 job placements with local employers
  • The initiative is part of the national Kickstart scheme, and the Council’s economic response to building back better following Covid-19

READING Borough Council’s learning and employment service for adults has secured funding to generate 307 jobs with local employers as part of the Government’s Kickstart Scheme and the Council’s economic response to building back better following Covid-19.

New Directions College has been working with the Department for Work and Pensions since October 2020. The college has now been approved for a grant to fund 307 job placements with local employers.

15 of the placements are within Reading Borough Council and will see young people employed across a range of departments, receiving high-quality, on-the-job training and support.

Cllr Ashley Pearce, lead Member for Education said:

“This is such positive news for Reading and our local communities. Young people aged 16 -24 have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic and these work and training placements will provide real opportunities for sustained future employment.”

New Directions College is also working closely with Job Centre Plus to secure candidates for these positions, and to provide specialist ‘Step-into Kickstart’ education and training.

The Kickstart Scheme is part of the Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan which fully funds a 6-month job placement for young people who are unemployed and claiming universal credit.

The college will continue to work with employers to deliver high-quality skills and training for young people and the wider staff, including progression to Apprenticeships and accredited vocational skills.

For more information on the Kickstart Scheme contact Besmir Baxha, Curriculum Manager for Apprenticeships and Vocational Education, on 07929 787 697, or email besmir.baxha@reading.gov.uk

If you are an employer looking to offer a job placement through the Kickstart Scheme, you can register your interest here

Young people can find out more about the Kickstart Scheme at the jobhelp site: https://jobhelp.campaign.gov.uk/kickstart/