STATEMENT: Groundwork response to the Kickstart scheme launch

“We’re pleased to see the Chancellor unveil details of the Government’s Kickstart job creation scheme for young people.  In times of rising unemployment, young people are particularly vulnerable, and we know from experience that one of the best ways of tackling this is by helping them maintain their motivation and gain valuable experience through temporary jobs.

“The priority now is to ensure that the jobs on offer are purposeful and rewarding – kickstarting the careers of young people, but also kickstarting sections of the economy that need to grow if we’re going to deliver a fair and green recovery from the pandemic.  We also need to make sure jobs are available in the places that need them most, and are accessible to the young people who are most likely to struggle finding work.  This will require not just businesses, but charities, social enterprises and public bodies thinking creatively and working together to generate job opportunities that help improve our wellbeing, enrich communities and protect and improve the environment.”

Graham Duxbury, Groundwork’s national Chief Executive 

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