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Very recruits 30 young people via Gov’s Kickstart initiative

Very, which will supplement the chosen applicants’ government funded wage, expects a number of the ‘Kickstarters’ to have the opportunity to apply for permanent roles at the end of their six month placements

The Very Group has announced plans to create 30 new roles as part of the government’s Kickstart scheme to “improve opportunities” for young people at risk of “long-term unemployment”. 

The roles are open via JobCentre Plus to 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit. 

It aims to offer work experience to the recruits during a paid six-month placement within Very’s customer care, technology or colleague experience teams at its Liverpool-based HQ, or within its operations team at its automated fulfilment centre in the East Midlands. 

Very, which will supplement the chosen applicants’ government funded wage, expects a number of the ‘Kickstarters’ to have the opportunity to apply for permanent roles at the end of their six month placements.  

As well as paid work experience and tailored training, the Kickstart colleagues will gain access to a “raft of Very colleague’ benefits”, such as its colleague discount and use of its on-site fitness and wellbeing facilities, including gyms.  

Vicky Ferrier, talent and capability director at The Very Group, said: “When it comes to the jobs market, young people have been disproportionately negatively impacted by the pandemic. But we know they have a huge amount to offer, both to our business and our communities. That’s why Kickstart is so important and why we’re proud to take part. 

“By offering genuinely exciting, valuable and supported paid placements across our business – and providing employability skills alongside our partner The Prince’s Trust, we’re confident the chosen applicants will have bright futures ahead of them, whether that’s here at The Very Group or with another employer. We can’t wait to welcome the Kickstarters in July.” 

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