// Matalan creates over 200 jobs under the government’s Kickstart scheme
// These will be bespoke placements across the business from head office to retail and logistics
Matalan has created over 200 jobs under the government’s Kickstart scheme to help young people gain invaluable work experience and industry recognised qualifications.
As part of its Early Careers proposition, Matalan is creating bespoke placements across the business from head office to retail and logistics, to assist young people aged 16-24 to gain meaningful long-term employment.
Applications are now open and will close in December.
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Matalan said it hopes the scheme “will inspire the next generation of talent to make a career in retail their preferred choice”.
The government’s Kickstart scheme is a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality, six-month job placements for young people aged between 16 and 24 years old.
Originally announced in July last year as part of the government’s Plan for Jobs, it is designed to support the development of new skills in order for young people to move into sustained employment once they have completed their Kickstart-funded role.
Through its partnership with Qube Learning and the Retail Trust Matalan said it would offer individuals the opportunity to achieve a fully funded Level 2 qualification to aid their future employability, as well as providing health and wellbeing support.
“We are proud to be becoming a Kickstart employer and supporting young people to launch their careers through the Kickstart scheme,” Matalan HR director Emma Crossland said.
“Matalan is committed to supporting youth employment, and the scheme is offering a great opportunity, not only for us to provide meaningful training and experience but also to gain access to a high calibre of talent who can join us in our mission to provide real value and quality every day to modern families.
“We look forward to welcoming successful applicants into the Matalan family.”