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The Kickstart Scheme - what is it and how could it benefit the FM industry?

Kickstart Scheme, Government, Jobs...

Last year, the Government introduced a scheme as part of their Plan for Jobs – a new £2 billion Kickstart Scheme to help create thousands of jobs for young people. The program is one of many elements introduced to help our economy recover and aid a generation that has been hit particularly hard in terms of employment.

Those aged between 16 and 24 who are currently unemployed are eligible, and funding is provided to employers to create job placements and training. As many of this generation have missed out on an entire year of work, combined with a potential lack of opportunity within their chosen field, could this be an opportunity that the FM industry can take advantage of and introduce this new generation to the industry?

Over the years, Bridge has been actively involved in a number of ‘Working with Schools’ initiatives which involved visiting local secondary schools to speak to students about their future job prospects and to promote the Facilities management Industry and career opportunities that are available. We have recently applied to become a gateway provider for this scheme and utilise our expertise, experience, and industry knowledge to highlight and promote facilities management to a generation who otherwise may never have ever been aware or contemplated a career within FM.

To those reading this right now, what are your thoughts on this Scheme? Do you think it is an opportunity that the FM industry can take advantage of? And will these placements lead to sustainable employment?