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P3 partnership creates 118 jobs for young people through Kickstart

17 March 2021

P3 Charity and a network of charities and community organisations across the UK have joined forces to create 118 placements as part of the Government’s Kickstart scheme, which aims to provide employment and skills training for 16-24 year-olds.

Kickstart is a scheme launched in 2020 in response to the economic impact of Covid-19, providing funding from the Department for Work and Pensions to enable employers to create part-time roles for young people on Universal Credit.

The six-month placements offer young people at risk of unemployment valuable work experience and the chance to develop their career prospects while in post, with employment support sessions in skills like CV writing and interview technique.

P3 has secured the funding to allocate 60 placements by the end of 2021, in roles from support work to communications. P3 are also acting as a ‘gateway’ for 12 other charitable organisations and CICs to access the scheme, with a further 58 placements being delivered across the partnership. The partners hope to collaborate to offer permanent job opportunities to some of the young people taking part.

Director of Strategy & Innovation at P3, Gemma Bukel said: “We are thrilled to have been chosen as a ‘Kickstart Gateway’. Having the opportunity to build a true partnership with like-minded charities and social enterprises is exciting, but what’s even more exciting is being able to offer 118 young people real-life work opportunities with bespoke training and support to unlock their potential.”

Liam Clipsham is Senior Development Manager at one of P3’s partners in London, Harrow Club, which creates positive futures for marginalised young people, saying:

“Harrow Club will provide 15 apprentice positions in youth work, operations and web design, as well as employability support and mentoring. It is great to build on our partnership with P3, where we can share advice and experience as well as provide broader opportunities for the young people we are supporting.”

Beverley Gilbert, founder and Operations and Risk Manager of women’s peer support organisation, Cohort 4, another partner in the scheme, said:

“Being able to join P3 in the Kickstart Scheme is our opportunity to provide a meaningful and useful work placement to a young person as a foundation stone to their future career in the community and voluntary sector. We love collaborating with a larger organisation that shares our own values around inclusion and the potential of young people."

For P3’s current Kickstart vacancies, go to:

The full list of partners involved in the scheme is:

P3 Charity
Lincolnshire Community Foundation
Lincolnshire YMCA 
Lincolnshire Action Trust 
Rise Mutual 
Harrow Club W10 
Caring for Communities and People
The Dalgarno Trust 
The Clement James Centre
Fit For Life Youth
Cohort 4