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Homebase Kickstarts New Jobs In Waltham Cross

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Homebase is creating new jobs in Waltham Cross this September.

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 will create three jobs in the Waltham Cross 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.

One of Waltham Cross’s newest team members includes Joe Kelly (pictured below) who chose the Scheme to bring his interest in DIY to life. He explains: “After I lost my job in February, I spent five months looking for the right role to get me out of the house and back into a steady work routine. The job market was challenging, and I found that there were very few opportunities I could apply for that would push me and support my development.

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“As a local, I knew the Homebase Waltham Cross store well – so jumped at the opportunity for a role on the Kickstart Scheme where I would gain experience in retail, an insight into business and help to grow my confidence and communication skills.”

Before Kickstart, Joe applied to 15 jobs and after being offered two interviews, secured a position on the Scheme. Joe is hoping to find a business apprenticeship in the future and his role at Homebase offers him the experience to develop his professional skills in an industry
he is passionate about.

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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24 September 2021

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