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Calderdale College partners with 72 local businesses to create 219 jobs for young people

Calderdale College has teamed up with 72 local businesses to create 219 new jobs for young and unemployed local people through the Government’s Kickstart Scheme.

As the largest Kickstart Gateway provider in Calderdale, the college has been working closely with businesses to help them benefit from the Scheme, whilst also creating new jobs designed to help young talent gain essential employment skills. 

The Government launched the £2b fund to encourage businesses to help young people (16-24) on universal credit and at risk of long-term unemployment to develop the skills they need to find work through the provision of fully subsidised six-month work placements.

Businesses who take on participants through the scheme receive 100% funding from the Government to cover their wages, plus a grant to cover additional employment costs.   

As a Gateway provider, Calderdale College advises local businesses on how they can best utilise the funding available, applies for the funding on their behalf and helps them to identify suitable job roles they can offer through the scheme. The college also supports businesses to source the right candidates and provide any employability training required.


One local company who accessed the scheme through Calderdale College is The Pharmacy Group, whose head office is in Leeds.  

Christine Cripps, who manages the company’s head office, said: “We’ve employed 34 participants through the Kickstart Scheme, and are planning to recruit more as it’s proving hugely beneficial for our business.

“The scheme has enabled us to place participants across our full branch network, and we are able to work closely with each individual to determine if a career in pharmacy is right for them. For those who are successful, we’ll be offering them permanent positions when their six-month placement period ends.

“Calderdale College has been instrumental in helping us to organise and deliver the scheme effectively, and they’ve also done all the liaison with the Department for Work and Pensions on our behalf. I’d really recommend other businesses contact the College to discuss taking on a participant through the scheme, as it provides a brilliant opportunity to test out young talent, whilst at the same time helping to improve their future career prospects.”   

Ebrahim Dockrat, director of commercial services and partnerships at Calderdale College, added: “We’re really pleased to be delivering this scheme, which will see us playing a vital role in helping young, local people to develop essential employment skills in a number of diverse roles and businesses.  

“It provides a fantastic opportunity for young people to acquire the experience they need to kickstart their careers, whilst also enabling local businesses to benefit from enthusiastic new talent that is fully funded by the Government.

“As well as supporting local businesses to access Kickstart talent, the college has also taken on seven participants through the scheme. They’re all doing really well and acquiring the skills they need to help them establish successful careers.”   

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