EN:Able Communities recognised the importance of the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) Kickstart
scheme to help 16-24 year olds into employment following the impact of Covid-19 lockdowns as soon as it was announced last year and immediately applied tobecome a Gateway.

Since the initial application for 32 placements, EN:Able Communities has worked hard to promote the
initiative amongst Efficiency North’s network in the construction industry and the third sector with the result
that the current total potential placements has now almost doubled to reach 60.

17 young people have alreadystarted their placement with a further 36 positions currently in recruitment with 20 approved employers. A further 11 employers are awaiting approval.

Select Energy Services Ltd had 7 placements available to work in roofing, travelling around the country
to work on schemes as a group.

Kickstart proves that Covid-19 has affected young people, irrespective of their education or experience level. The beauty of the programme is that the placements on offer are wide and varied and give each young
person a role vital to their career development.

Isla MacRae, the very first placement through EN:Able communities’ Kickstart gateway, is now employed as a digital marketer for Bishop Simeon Trust charity. Isla will return to study for her second PhD in September, focussing on work with refugees. She has found the practical working experience invaluable and will continue to support the charity’s digital marketing.
Shakane Grice began a placement with Hankinson, one of EN:Procure’s framework suppliers, in May, working as a painter and decorator in Nottingham.