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Homebase to create 300 jobs for young people

The scheme gives people aged 16-24 the chance to learn new skills, gain ‘real life’ work experience and build confidence so that they are prepared to take on the challenges and prospects in the careers that lie ahead of them

Homebase has revealed that it is creating 300 jobs for young people across the UK as the first home and garden retailer to take part in the government’s new Kickstart Scheme.

The scheme gives people aged 16-24 the chance to learn new skills, gain “real life” work experience and build confidence so that they are prepared to take on the challenges and prospects in the careers that lie ahead of them.

The first new team members will start on 26 July, with more joining on 2 August 2021. There will be at least two roles up for grabs at 83 stores in either the Click and Collect service support teams or the multi-channel service support teams, creating opportunities for young people across the country.

The six-month scheme will include training throughout, giving each young person the opportunity to gain both valuable skills and experience.

Neil Hill, head of people and leadership, Homebase, said: “I’m really excited that Homebase is joining the Kickstart Scheme to help the next generation grow. We’re committed to giving back to the local communities that we live and work in and we’re looking forward to welcoming our new team members.

“I actually entered the workplace myself through a government funded scheme and I honestly don’t think I would be in this job today if it wasn’t for that opportunity, so this feels special on a personal level, too.”

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