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The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create new jobs for 16-24 year olds on Universal Credit, who are at risk of long term unemployment.

The jobs will be in the form of work placements, which aim to help young people build up their skills and experience levels. This is a great stepping stone into future employment. During the time of the placements the Government will pay 100% of National Minimum Wage for 25 hours for a total of 6 months.

Fabienne Bailey, Group Director (One Awards, International and Culture) said, "At NOCN Group, we are passionate about supporting people in life and work and so we were very excited to hear about the DWP's Kickstart scheme that aimed to support employers to create jobs for unemployed 16-24 year olds on universal credit. We have seen fantastic young talent coming into our organisation in a wide range of roles and we were keen to be able to support more young people to find work by becoming part of the Kickstart scheme. We identified areas of the business where we knew young people could add value and we created 24 placement vacancies. We have already filled half of these and are delighted with the skills, ambition and personalities the young people are bringing with them. We are looking forward to seeing how they develop through their work experience and training with us and we will commit to supporting all of them to find permanent work either with us or with another business."

We asked a few of our Kickstarters why they decided to take part in the Kickstart Scheme and why they chose NOCN Group.

Farai Mhina, Data Analyst, “l have always wanted to pursue a career as a data analyst and l knew NOCN would provide that foundation for me. It’s a company that’s growing and l would love to be part of that. I have been working on how we can migrate data to the CRM system. During this period, l‘ve learnt how to deal with big datasets, and I have enjoyed identifying new trends. This has definitely honed my problem-solving skills and l can’t wait to see how the CRM system will operate when it’s fully implemented.”

Celine Oliphant, HR Support Administrator, “For me, I was first attracted to NOCN Group because of its remote, flexible working. It gave me the opportunity to concentrate on university and gain my intended degree, whilst still balancing work. Working in a comfortable environment at home, meant I could easily formulate a routine and set my own style of work-pattern. The most beneficial skill I have learnt so far is how to shortlist job applications. Armed with reviewing hundreds of CVs and covering letters, you develop a sense of what each manager is looking for – clear, concise, up-to-date, and relevant. I began to compare how my previous CVs and covering letters looked to employers, noting the errors, gaps, and inconsistencies – all of which, I would not have noticed had I not developed such a skill.”

Rebecca North, Apprenticeships Assessments Administrator, “I decided to take part in the kickstart scheme as I was looking for a career change and to do this, I needed to gain some more skills in an admin role which make the scheme perfect for me. I was attracted to the post for working with NOCN as it offered home working, this made me feel much safer while we are still navigating our way through the Coronavirus pandemic, I was also interested in the company itself and what they do which made me want to be a part of the team. So far, I have been processing certificates for the Nursing Associates and it has been a great learning process for me, teaching me new admin skills and how to communicate with external providers.


About NOCN Group

As a progressive educational and skills charity with a social rather than commercial focus, NOCN Group is at the forefront of vocational skills development and apprenticeships, in the UK and internationally.

NOCN Group offers a wide range of education and skills services, including regulated qualifications, EPA for apprenticeships, Traineeships, Job Cards in construction, Access to HE Diplomas, bespoke accreditation and educational and skills support training.

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