Black County Impact Walsall has reported some positive outcomes for participants involved in the government-backed national Kickstart scheme, which provides funding for creating new jobs for participants aged 16-24, on Universal Credit and are at risk of long-term unemployment.
Currently, Walsall has 60 live vacancies across the borough with 31 young people currently active in these placements so far. These vacancies have great opportunities for progressing into full-time careers and provide participants first-hand experience within their chosen job sector.
One of the success stories is Mia, a client on BC Impact who matched with a vacancy for a Trainee Saddler with Ryder Saddlery.
Mia was adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, losing her job in the Hospitality sector due to business closures and lockdown restrictions. With the support of her Impact Advisor and an impressive CV, Mia was promptly offered an interview which led to her new job.
In addition to the job support that BC Impact provides, Kickstart also provides further funding for training and on-the-job experience, which provides young people with the opportunity to progress further within their placement.
Black Country Impact Walsall will continue to work with partners throughout the borough to identify opportunities through the Kickstart Scheme.