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The Government has introduced a new Kickstart Scheme, a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high-quality six-month work placements aimed at 16-24 -year-olds who are on Universal Credit.
The scheme aims to help young people access employment opportunities, fulfil their potential and meet the challenges we now face as we recover from the pandemic.
Earlier this year, we took on four Kickstarters as part of the scheme and we’re now offering a further three placements. We’re offering trainee roles as: Gas Liaison Officer, People’s Services Officer, Community Engagement Project Officer and Customer Services Officer. The placements are open to anyone aged 16-24 who is currently on Univeral Credit. In order to apply for the placements, you must speak to your work coach from The Job Centre.
Cecilia joined Phoenix as a Trainee Community Engagement Officer in June and said: “Since joining Phoenix I have found that I have more confidence in myself, and my growing skillset. I’m really enjoying my work so far and feel like I make a positive impact every day.”
Unemployment in young people in Lewisham has more than doubled since last year due to the pandemic. Now, over 3,500 Lewisham residents aged 16-24 are facing unemployment. We want to provide job opportunities to young people in our local community and help our community recover from the effects of the pandemic.
Phoenix Community Housing is part of the Kickstart Housing Partnership led by Clarion Housing Group, the UK’s largest provider of affordable housing. Organisations in the Partnership have secured funding from the Government to create new job placements for 16-24-year-olds through the Kickstart programme.