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Celebrations as Tower Hamlets hits 540 Kickstart placements

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Young people and local businesses who have benefitted from a Kickstart job placement joined the Mayor of Tower Hamlets for a celebration to mark the end of the scheme.

Tower Hamlets secured placements in the national scheme for 540 young people – one of the highest numbers secured by any local authority in the country.

Kickstart is a government funded scheme aimed at creating new jobs for 16- to 24-year-olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long-term unemployment. The scheme closes on 31 March 2022.

The event, held at the Ecology Pavilion, Mile End Park, on Wednesday (16 March) heard personal stories from employers, partners and young people who took the first steps in their career journey, thanks to the scheme.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said:

“I am thrilled that we have given so many young people in our borough an opportunity to learn new job skills and experience. Our young people deserve the opportunity to get on the career ladder and this is one of the ways we’ve been helping to make that happen. Thanks to all our local employers who have participated in the scheme, providing career opportunities, and helping to nurture our fantastic young people.”

Cllr Motin Uz-Zaman, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Work, Economic Growth and Faith said:

“Young people are the future of our borough, and we are determined to do everything we can to create opportunities for them to flourish and have the best chances in life. I am delighted with the success of the Kickstart scheme and it’s events like this that make it all worthwhile.”

Each six-month placement was funded by the government who pay the minimum wage based on a 25 hour per week placement and provides the opportunity for young people to gain valuable experience and training while the employer gets an additional resource.

Placements were with a variety of employers across the borough working in sectors from construction and the creative arts to media, hospitality, and fitness. Tower Hamlets Council also offered 40 internal placements as part of the scheme.

Daniel Dunn, CEO and Co-Founder of Tech Start-Up Paperplanes, was an employer who participated in the scheme. He said: “London is one of the fastest growing start-up tech hubs in the world. There is no shortage of demand for bright and talented young people looking for their first career opportunity, but it can be difficult to make the link between industry and job seeker.

“Kickstart created a cost-effective opportunity for us to engage with candidates looking to get a foot on the career ladder. Ihsan joined us on an initial part-time contract and has now progressed into a full-time career and has become a key member of our team.”

Kickstart trainee Macie Wheatley, who now works in the Council’s WorkPath team as a Training Support Officer, said: “My time as a Kickstart trainee has been a tremendous experience, it enabled me to grow and develop as person. I believe the programme has been an enormous success for the young people of Tower Hamlets.”

Posted on Monday 21st March 2022