Kirklees College Kickstarts the Careers of Four Young People


Kirklees College is pleased to announce a partnership with Kirklees Council and Job Centre Plus to engage with The Kickstart Scheme.

The Kickstart Scheme is a government initiative put in place to provide high-quality six-month work placements for young people aged 16-24 who are claiming universal credit and may be at risk of long-term unemployment.

From January 2022, the college has taken on four young people, providing them with real work opportunities, to develop new skills, with the ultimate aim to help them move into sustained employment on completion of their placement. The college has taken on Joshua Knight-Furness and Joshua Spandler as Trainee Advisers in the Learning Resource Centre, Jack Leversidge as Trainee Technician in Animal Care and Kieran Davies as Trainee Technician in Construction.

Through the partnership with the council, our trainees can access the Kirklees Careers Boost programme, delivered by C&K Careers. This programme will ensure they receive high-quality employability support. It will help them build on the experience and skills they are developing through their employment placement, boosting confidence and motivation, preparing them for further learning and work.

Jack Leversidge said:

“I am excited to start and I can’t wait to develop my personal and professional skills.”

Joshua Spandler added:

 “I am really grateful for the opportunity to gain some valuable work experience and to see how far I can progress.”

Anne Dunkley, Talent Acquisition and Development Manager at Kirklees College commented:

“We are delighted to welcome our Kickstart trainees to college. We will ensure they receive a high-quality experience through a genuine employment opportunity with training and support throughout. We wish them the very best during their time on placement with us.”

Palvinder Singh, Principal and Chief Executive remarked:

“Young people have been particularly affected by the pandemic, with job opportunities declining and youth unemployment increasing. It is incredibly motivational to see these four young people enrol onto the Kickstart programme, improving their job prospects whilst developing some fantastic skills.

We will make sure that they have an excellent time here at Kirklees College and I wish them every success.”

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