The Original Factory Shop to provide 107 Kickstart placements to support young people into work

  • The Original Factory Shop to provide opportunities for young people nationwide-
  • Programme to help give back to local communities

The Original Factory Shop has been approved as one of the Government’s official Kickstart employers to provide 107 work placements for young people. This will form part of the company’s commitment to supporting skills and training for young, unemployed 16 to 24-year olds, and will help support the economic recovery of local communities and help combat rising unemployment in this age group during the pandemic.

Joanne Robinson, The Original Factory Shop’s People Director says: “We are delighted to have signed up to the Government Kickstart Scheme – aimed at 16-24 year olds on Universal Credit.  We have created 107 new roles across the estate. These jobs will be for 25 hours per week for a period of up to six months  to enable them to gain valuable skills for their future.  This is a way of giving back to our local communities, supporting young people at the start of their careers.”

As an approved supplier, The Original Factory Shop has met all necessary requirements to begin the recruitment of Kickstart candidates through dedicated work coaches at Jobcentre Plus. Kickstarters will be working in roles across a number of areas. They will be given full training in a customer facing retail role, from helping customers navigate the shop floor, addressing stock queries and shopping till training.

In addition to practical skills, the comprehensive training schedule across The Original Factory Shop’s businesses will include health and safety training and employability to cover CV writing, interview preparation and technique workshops to give them the best possible start in their future careers.

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