First 100 young people start Kickstart placements delivered by consortium led by Clarion Housing Group

Following the announcement earlier in the year that Clarion Housing Group had secured funding from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to create hundreds of job placements for unemployed 16-24 year-olds under the Kickstart Scheme, the first young people have started in their roles.

As part of the programme, Clarion will be offering six-month placements for 314 young people and to date 60 have joined the Group as part of the Scheme under which the government pays 100% of the national minimum wage.

The new starters are working in teams from marketing and customer services to IT and Clarion Futures, the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group. Clarion Futures will provide in-work support and training throughout their placements, as well as helping them identify routes to progression.

Additionally, the Kickstart Housing Partnership led by Clarion has recently welcomed some new members including The Guinness Partnership, Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing (MTVH) and Golding Homes.

The Kickstart Housing Partnership now comprises 84 organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors, including 58 from the housing sector, and will be offering hundreds of six-month placements as part of the Scheme.

To date, across the consortium more than 100 young people have started their placements with organisations nationwide working in a wide range of fields.

Clare Miller, Chief Executive of Clarion Housing Group, said:
“We’re very pleased to have welcomed the first cohort of ‘Kickstarters’ to roles at Clarion.

“Young people have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, so it’s more important than ever for organisations to come together to help them access opportunities and fulfil their potential.

“One of our Kickstarters has already been successful in securing a permanent role at Clarion and I am optimistic they will be the first of many. We’re proud to be leading the sector’s response to youth unemployment and would support any proposals to extend the Kickstart Scheme beyond the end of the year as we can see how much of a difference it’s making already.”

To apply for a Kickstart role being offered through the Kickstart Housing Partnership, you need to be aged 16-24, living in England or Wales and on Universal Credit. Applications are made via work coaches at Job Centre Plus locations.

The 84 consortium members (with new members in bold)
  • A2Dominion Residential Limited
  • ABCA Systems Limited
  • Adra (Tai) Cyfyngedig
  • Apna Ghar Housing Association Limited
  • Arhag Housing Association Limited
  • B3Living Limited
  • BPM Project Management (Quartet Homes) Limited
  • BSW Heating Ltd
  • Cadwyn Housing Association Limited
  • Careers Guidance Charts Ltd
  • Causeway Irish Housing Association Limited
  • Charlton Triangle Homes Limited
  • Chichester Community Development Trust
  • Citizens Advice Broxbourne
  • Clarion Housing Group Limited
  • Community Gateway Association
  • Derventio Housing Trust
  • Dynamic Client Solutions (DCS) Ltd
  • Eastlight Community Homes
  • Ekaya Housing Association
  • Flagship Housing Group Limited
  • Gas Contract Services Ltd
  • Golding Homes Limited
  • Greatwell Homes Limited
  • Havering Volunteer Centre
  • Hyde Housing Association Limited
  • Imani Housing Co-operative Limited
  • Innisfree Housing Association Limited
  • Jet Maintenance Ltd
  • John Taylor Hospice
  • Lancaster City Council (Housing Service)
  • Learning & Skills Solutions Ltd
  • Leeds and Yorkshire Housing Association Limited
  • Manningham Housing Association Limited
  • Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing (MTVH)
  • Morgan Lambert Ltd
  • Mosscare St Vincent’s Housing
  • Nehemiah United Churches Housing Association Limited
  • Newydd Housing Association (1974) Limited
  • Newydd Maintenance Limited
  • North London Muslim Housing Association
  • Nottingham City Homes Limited
  • Octavia Housing
  • Optivo
  • Orbit Group Limited
  • Origin Housing Limited
  • Orwell Housing Association Limited
  • Paragon Asra Housing Limited
  • Peabody Trust
  • Peter Bedford Housing Association
  • Phoenix Community Housing Association (Bellingham and Downham) Limited
  • Preston Vocational Centre
  • Raven Housing Trust
  • Saxon Weald
  • Selsey Community Forum
  • Shian Housing Association Limited
  • Six Town Housing Limited
  • Southern Housing Group
  • Sovereign Housing Association
  • Sporting Inspirations CIC
  • Swale Heating Limited
  • Tamil Community Housing Association (TCHA)
  • Target Professional Services Holdings (UK) Limited
  • TB Hull and East Riding Ltd
  • The Manor (Sussex) LLP
  • The Community Housing Group
  • The Havering Theatre Trust Limited
  • The Guinness Partnership Limited
  • The Industrial Dwellings Society (1885) Limited
  • The Swaythling Housing Society Limited
  • Thirteen Housing Group Limited
  • THCH New Homes Limited
  • Tuntum Housing Association
  • United Welsh Housing Association Limited
  • Unity Housing Association Limited
  • Vivid Housing Limited
  • Waller Associates Limited
  • Walsall Housing Group Limited
  • West Kent Housing Association
  • Westway Housing Association
  • Witton Lodge Community Association
  • Workman LLP
  • Yorkshire Housing
  • Zed Pods Ltd