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In 2021, Kidderminster based Community Housing was proud to be one of 59 organisations utilising government funding to create job placements for 16-24 year olds across England and Wales who were in receipt of Universal Credit.

The Kickstart scheme is led by Clarion Housing Group, the UK’s largest provider of affordable housing, who secured approximately £6m in government funding to create over 800 new Kickstart roles where the government paid 100% of the national minimum wage for a six-month work placement. 

Community Housing provided eight Kickstart placements across different service areas, including grounds maintenance, learning & development, care & support and construction, and we’re pleased to announce that after completing their six-month placement, we have offered jobs to two of our Kickstarters, Jaymee Bowen and Dan Sutcliffe.

Jaymee successfully landed a role as a Technology Administration Assistant. She said: “Before the Kickstart programme I was struggling to find a job as my lack of experience was holding me back. The scheme has been really good and has prepared me for work in an office environment.”

Dan has now secured an Apprentice Electrician role. He said: “I’ve enjoyed my time on the Kickstart scheme, learnt lots of new skills and increased my knowledge. I’d recommend this programme to anyone looking to gain experience or a taster for a trade role to see if the jobs is suitable for them.

Following the success of the initial bid by Clarion Housing Group, further applications for funding to support additional job placements will be made. By the end of the programme the aim is to have delivered more than 1,000 placements, making a real difference to young people nationwide. 

Matt Cooney, Chief Executive, Community Housing, said: “We recognise the devastating impact Covid-19 has had on young people with unemployment. As one of the largest employers in the Wyre Forest and a social landlord with almost 6000 homes across the district, we’re delighted to play our part in Kickstart, providing job placement opportunities for young people in Wyre Forest, and thrilled that two of those placements have led to job roles within our organisation”.