World Youth Skills Day 2021

Today, July 15th 2021, is World Youth Skills Day which this year is aiming to show how resilient and creative young people have been throughout the coronavirus crisis.

Recently, Newground Together employability advisors worked with Blackburn Youth Zone to host an interview event* with young people from the local area as part of the Department of Work and Pensions’ new Kickstart Scheme.

By coming to the event young people were able to speak to Newground Together employability advisors about the placements on offer. The vacancies include administration, environmental services and trades. They also took part in practice face-to-face interviews where they were given valuable feedback on what they would need to do to be a successful interview candidate.

The Kickstart Scheme has created new job placements for 16-24-year-olds who are at risk of long-term unemployment. As part of the scheme the government pays the minimum wage, National Insurance and pension contributions of individuals for 25 hours per week over a period of six months.

In addition to developing within these roles, the employability advisors and mentors will continue to support the young people throughout and after their placement. This wrap around support will include help with their CV, interview skills, training and job hunting.

Feedback from attendees was overwhelmingly positive with one saying, “They explained the roles very well and I felt at ease as I was quite anxious about going to it.”

Jackie Mullaney, a Work Placement Officer at Newground Together, said, “Young people truly are resilient. It was fantastic to meet young people who may have never done a face-to-face interview before and see them just give it a go. They really took on the feedback we gave too. We hope that with wrap-around support from our advisors and mentors that young people will not only get a placement but will be able to start a long and successful career.”

If you would like to find out more about the Kickstart Scheme you can visit:

*The event followed social distancing and current coronavirus restrictions.