Kickstarting young people's careers


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We're delighted to be offering traineeships for up to 150 young unemployed people as part of the new Kickstart initiative. 

Open to 18-24 year olds who are currently unemployed and on Universal Credit, the scheme offers full training as well as a role with us for six months, 25 hours per week. 

In addition, we've pledged to help each participant find a longer term role within our company, or with one of our partners.

William Miller, Director of Social Impact at Optivo, said: “Young unemployed people need every opportunity in the current challenging jobs market.  We’re delighted to provide new paid trainee jobs for unemployed young job seekers.and offer career start up positions for local young people. Our commitment is to help train and develop young talent and spark careers. It’s one of a number of activities where we aim to maximise training and job opportunities in local communities.”

What is Kickstart?

This is a new £2 billion Government initiative. 

We're 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 over 800 16-24 year olds across England and Wales.

Interested in applying for a Kickstart traineeship?

Please apply through your local Job Centre. If you’re a resident and are interested in hearing more about how we can support you into employment, please contact our Employment Support Team