New placements for young people who are out of work are set to be available at an Isle of Wight housing association.

Sovereign Housing is to open 40 roles across the South and South-West of England for anyone aged 16-24 and currently on Universal Credit, whether or not they are a Sovereign resident, as part of a Government-backed scheme.

The Kickstart scheme, introduced in 2020, is designed to alleviate the ‘devastating impact’ on youth employment opportunities caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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The housing organisation is offering a real variety of roles, with more positions to come later in the year. These include:

  • Audit and Risk Team Administrator
  • Digital Marketing and Communication Assistant (Home Ownership)
  • Employment and Training Admin Assistant
  • Housing Data Admin Assistant
  • Housing for Older Person Concierge Assistant
  • Housing Response Service Admin Assistant
  • Management Information and Programme Administrator
  • Money and Digital Admin Assistant
  • Policy, Strategy and Performance Administrator
  • Property Support Admin

Heidi Leyshon, Employment and Training Manager for Sovereign, said:

“Kickstart placements offer great work experience and could be the pathway to an exciting new career.

“Each placement is for 25 hours per week, lasts for six months and pays minimum wage, though the amount varies depending on the age of the participant. You’ll receive on the job training, mentoring and come out with a qualification at the end of your time with us. We’re not looking for stacks of experience in applicants, we’re looking for a can do attitude and willingness to learn.”

The housing organisation is offering a real variety of roles across the south and south west of England, with more positions to come later in the year.

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Most roles will not be in an office, to begin with, due to ongoing pandemic restrictions, but equipment – including a laptop – will be provided to each participant so that they can get set up from home. Young people that fit the eligibility criteria can apply via their Work Coach at their local jobcentre with the closing date being on Monday 19th April.

More positions will be advertised later in the year, so interested parties can follow the Sovereign Facebook page for updates or visit https://www.sovereign.org.uk/careers/kickstart.

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