Published: 21 July 2021
Seventeen Westminster residents aged between 16 and 24 have recently started working at Westminster City Council through the Kickstart Scheme.
The Kickstart Scheme is government funded, providing £2 billion worth of funding to employers of any industry or size to create high quality jobs for young people claiming Universal Credit.
The council is supporting the scheme to ensure all participants employed at the council receive the London Living Wage.
Catering to different aspirations and needs, Westminster City Council is offering placements across its various departments from Solutions Technician in the IT team to Talent Resourcer in the Employer Engagement team.
The programme is providing quality job placements for young people previously at risk of long-term unemployment helping them to gain the skills and experience to compete more effectively in the labour market.
Alongside the roles, Westminster Employment Service (WES) is providing tailored support to each participant on CV writing, interview training and helping the young people develop essential skills such as timekeeping and teamwork.
WES is supporting participants to look for long-term work and has delayed the council’s own apprenticeship scheme to coincide with the end of the programme to maximise opportunities for those taking part to develop a career long-term at the council.
Imran, who is currently on a placement at Westminster City Council’s Growth, Planning and Housing department, said:
This programme is a great opportunity to put into practice the skills I have developed at school and university. During my short time at the council, I have met only supportive and kind people who are willing to step in and help whenever required. By the end of the programme, I hope to not only develop my skills but also be in a position to help other people like myself get onto the Kickstart Scheme.
Paige, who is developing new skills and helping us reach the council’s younger residents through the social media platform, TikTok, said:
The Kickstart programme has presented me with such a unique experience that I don’t think I would have come across if not for the current climate we are in. To be a part of a team that strive to improve a community I am part of is the most fulfilling feeling. My team and I are involved in some amazing projects such as showcasing community organisations, volunteering and hidden gems in Westminster. I am looking forward to what is to come in the next six months, and I hope to grow in my role, network and move into a permanent position.
Duong, who is on placement within the Responsible Economy team, said:
Coming to Westminster Council after completing my A levels, I am so delighted that the council brings me everything I need to be successful. My colleagues are friendly and always there when I face problems and the environment is undeniably adventurous and energetic. I’ve learnt so much already and see myself becoming more confident and mature. With the council’s help, I can see myself becoming a good manager for myself and my jobs and of course my colleagues as well.
Cllr Matthew Green, Westminster City Council’s Cabinet Member for Business and Planning, said:
I’m delighted that we have welcomed seventeen promising young individuals onto our latest Kickstart cohort. The programme is an excellent opportunity for young Westminster residents previously not in employment to gain essential skills and work experience to develop their careers long-term. I’m excited to see what these young people achieve and know the Westminster Employment Service will be providing them with excellent support throughout to make the most of their opportunities.
Find out more about how you can apply to take part in the Kickstart Scheme as a resident or how to partner with the council to create exciting job opportunities for young Westminster residents.