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Homebase Has Kickstarted New Jobs For Young People In Altrincham

Homebase Altrincham Kickstart
  • Altrincham will benefit from new roles for people aged 16-24.

Homebase is creating new jobs in Altrincham this October. As the first home and garden retailer taking part in the government’s Kickstart Scheme, Homebase will create 300 jobs across Britain for young people.

The Scheme has generated three jobs in the Altrincham store, giving people aged 16-24 in the local area the chance to learn valuable new skills, gain real life work experience and build confidence so that they are prepared to take on the challenges and exciting prospects in the bright careers that lie ahead.

Altrincham's newest team members include Charlotte Kean and Aaron Chapman who applied for the Scheme to improve their future job prospects.

On finding out about Kickstart at the job centre, Charlotte jumped at the chance to develop her confidence by working in retail. She said “I lost my previous job at a salon due to Covid-19 and was out of work for seven months. So, when searching for a new role, I was keen to find something where I would be busy speaking to customers daily. After 40 applications and two interviews, I secured my job at Homebase!”

Aaron also found it a challenge to find the right role during the pandemic. After two years of searching, he found Scheme. He shared “It’s a great first step in my career. One day I’d like to be my own boss – and Homebase is a great place to start learning with the support of an inspiring team.”

The six-month Scheme will include skill-based training throughout, providing each young person with the opportunity to gain valuable experience. From stock management processes, digital sales, customer relationship management and health and safety processes, to problem-solving, organisation and teamwork, these are just some of the skills that Homebase’s new team members can expect to learn and take with them into their future careers.

In partnership with The Prince’s Trust, a UK-wide youth charity with 45 years’ worth of experience specialising in youth employability support, Homebase’s new team members will receive support every step of the way, with access to the charity’s network of youth support workers, partners and mentors. The Kickstart Scheme is also funded by Department of Work and Pensions to ensure every young person participating will be guaranteed National Living Wage or National Minimum Wage.

Homebase is proud to be involved in the Kickstart Scheme, providing young people at risk of unemployment with the opportunity to begin their career at a retailer with over 40 years of expertise.

Source : Homebase

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28 October 2021

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