Lincolnshire Co-op has created 30 new jobs across Lincolnshire through the government’s Kickstart scheme and is recruiting now.
Working with The Prince’s Trust, the Society has signed up to take part in the new government programme, which seeks to tackle the issue of long term unemployment for people aged 16-24 by helping young people find paid work experience and improve their employability.
Young people have been particularly badly impacted by the struggling job market; with under 25s making up one third of new universal credit claimants, and the number of available graduate jobs falling by 60 per cent in the first half of 2020.
Lincolnshire Co-op’s Resourcing Manager, Matt Brown, said: “When we heard about the Kickstart Scheme we were excited to get involved as we’re committed to strengthening the local economy, developing people, and providing opportunities to the community.
“We’re hoping to meet enthusiastic applicants who are eager to learn and keen to take their first steps towards a new career.”
Participants will be working 25 hours per week during their six-month placement, with the possibility of a permanent position upon successful completion of the scheme.
A variety of roles are available including customer services assistant in food stores, pharmacy warehouse assistant at the Co-op’s Maltby’s Warehouse, and bakery assistant at Gadsby’s Bakery. Those participating will also receive mentoring support, training, and access to online courses.
Colleagues are offered regular training opportunities and progression routes, with many advancing to more senior roles, including in management.
Amy Elliot started as a customer service assistant 11 years ago and is now a food store manager. She said: “I have completed first-aid training, a team leader course, and I’m now working to complete an internal management development programme which gave me the skills to become a permanent store manager.
“I wanted to work hard to give myself a better future and Lincolnshire Co-op always supported me and helped me gain knowledge and confidence.”
Applications opened in April with a closing date of May 10. Placements are due to begin on June 1. The scheme is expected to garner a lot of interest and a significant number of applications are anticipated. Suitable candidates will be between 16-24 years old and have been in receipt of Universal Credit for a minimum of six months.
Eligible candidates should discuss suitability with their work coach at their local Jobcentre Plus office and complete the application form on Lincolnshire Co-op’s job site.