Over the last few weeks we have seen some of our first Kickstart applicants begin their placements with employers.


Both Chimo Holdings and Footprint Tools took on their first kickstart employee this month. Chimo Holdings is a premier

British manufacturer, blending traditional Sheffield craftsmanship with modern technology to produce an impressive range of the finest quality cutlery, gallery trays, silver and giftware plus promotional merchandise, sold in various countries throughout the world. The business has taken on Lewis as a trainee coppersmith which will see him learn the art of polishing, sateening, finishing and drill setting.

Footprint Tools are a British Hand Tool manufacturer with a heritage of manufacturing in the UK dating back to the 1760s. They have taken on Joe to join their small warehouse team where he will pack, pick, box up and dispatch products to their customers around the world. Timothy Jewitt, Director of Footprint Tools, says “So far we are really pleased with Joe. We have adjusted our approach recognising that the younger generation need a different approach to older more experienced generations when starting a job. [Joe] has taken well to the work environment and is already a productive member of the team.”


We’re thrilled to have successful placements in positions and still have over 50 open vacancies from our cohort of employers currently interviewing. Janice, Co-Founder and Senior Executive at The Work-wise Foundation, says: “Kickstart gives that young person an opportunity to step into the world of work. To enable that young person, firstly to be given a chance to work 6 months with the hope they have a sustainable job at the end of it. Secondly, if the job doesn’t work out they have something to show on their CV and become more employable, and thirdly gives them the motivation and drive to get into work. It is so rewarding to see young people learn new employability skills.”


The Kickstart Scheme is a £2 billion fund to create thousands of high quality 6-month work placements for young people. Funding available for each job will cover the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions. There will also be funding available to support young people to develop new skills and to help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart Funded job.


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