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County Council welcomes extension of Kickstart funding

Kickstart scheme banner Published Monday, 8th November 2021

The County Council has welcomed the recent extension to the Government Kickstart funding scheme.

The scheme, created by HM Government, has been a real success in the county so far, helping over 180 young people find their way into the world of work, it directly pays employers to create new jobs for any 16-24-year olds at risk of long-term unemployment.

The scheme has created opportunities at employment opportunities in Classic Engine workshop, Mercian Events Ltd, Kemp Hospice and Worcestershire Libraries.

One of the scheme’s success stories, is Aiden who has just started a work placement within our county’s libraries, to create and share social media content.

His manager, Janine Downes, Service Development & Engagement Manager at Worcestershire County Council said: “Our Digital Support Kickstarters have made a real difference to our social media content in the short time they have been with us. They have created a campaign for Get Online Week and helped us spread the word about what from libraries do to support people to access the internet. I look forward to seeing how Aiden continues to develop and grow and continue the positive impact he has had on Worcestershire Libraries.”

Aiden, had this to add: “The kickstart scheme has given me the opportunity to facilitate my skills in a working environment that encompasses great opportunities as well as continuing to learn and grow as an individual.”

The scheme is worth £2 billion and is providing thousands of young people with the best possible chance of getting a job and kickstarting their careers.

Councillor Marc Bayliss, Cabinet Member for Economy and Skills, said: “We’ve been really pleased with the opportunities that the Kickstart scheme continues to offer to young people in Worcestershire.

It’s great to see employees across the county give young people a chance to develop their skills, whilst also entering the world of work. Success stories like Aiden’s are really heartening to hear and a real positive benefit for all involved.”

To find out more information or to discuss a placement you would like to offer please contact Ria Hale at Worcestershire County Council on 01905 845950 or email