New jobs for young people as Cornish health care providers partner with Kickstart scheme

Health care providers across Cornwall, including the Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust (RCHT) have created over 140 jobs as part of the Government’s flagship Kickstart scheme

The 148 roles are across the RCHT, the University of Plymouth, Cornwall partners in care, the Cornwall health and social care learning partnership, two GP surgeries and 11 other care providers.

Roles include clinical support, administration, catering, project activity, pharmacy, IT, communications, facilities and finance.

Kickstart aims to get young people at risk of long-term unemployed aged 16 – 24 on Universal Credit back into employment.

The £2 billion initiative from the DWP will see young people being offered six-month work placements, with wages of up to 25 hours a week being fully paid by the government.

Dr Julie Gripton, Health and Social Care Academy Lead, said:

“Kickstart is a real opportunity to build and attract our future workforce. The scheme in Cornwall is fairly unique – we’re seeing collaboration between different providers to offer a range of opportunities.”

Minister for Employment, Mims Davies MP, added:

“It’s fantastic to hear that the NHS alongside other health and care providers are offering young people a vital opportunity through the Kickstart scheme to gain experience across Cornwall in a range of roles, from administration to catering – boosting their long term prospects.”

“This is just another example of how our Plan for Jobs is creating fresh opportunities across communities and helping people back into work.”

“Businesses across every sector are getting involved and taking up the opportunity to nurture and support the next generation of workers, with the added benefit that all Kickstart placements are fully-funded by the government for six months.”

Joshua Dunstan age 22, is the first Kickstarter to begin a placement at the RCHT. Following a discussion with his Work Coach, Joshua decided to apply for an administration role. He was delighted to be invited to interview and find out he had been successful.

Debby Lewis, Programme Lead for the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust said:

“As the name suggests the intention of Kickstart is to give someone a Kickstart into employment. We are currently offering guaranteed interviews for applicants who meet the criteria. If applicants don’t have level two Maths and English, time will be offered for them to achieve these functional skills.”

“It’s a fantastic opportunity and the RCHT is often seen as the gateway for our system-wide health and care contribution, but there are so many more roles and opportunities available for young people to explore through the full Kickstart Scheme, as well as the NHS Sector Work Academy Programme (SWAP).”

If you would like to find out more information about Kickstart, please visit the website.

Added on 17 June 2021, in News - Working for us

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