UTCs sign up to Kickstart, supported by Chambers of Commerce

UTCs are going the extra mile to help students find job opportunities

University Technical Colleges and the British Chambers of Commerce have teamed up to help place young people into employment through the government’s Kickstart scheme.

UTCs prioritise destinations for their students, working closely with employers to make sure that school leavers have the skills needed by industry, and the opportunities to develop them.

Most UTC leavers have once again secured strong destinations despite the challenges caused by the pandemic. However, for the minority still in search of employment, the new Kickstart scheme – which funds employers to create short term job placements – is an excellent option. Around 20 UTCs across England have expressed interest in placements for young people and will be encouraging former students to get involved in the Kickstart scheme.

Kickstart Gateway organisations help employers to access funding to cover wages and ensure the young person has all the training and support they need. UTCs will be supported by the British Chambers of Commerce network of Accredited Chambers. Hundreds of businesses have already offered Kickstart placements via their local Chamber Gateway.

Simon Connell, CEO of Baker Dearing, said:

“UTCs pride themselves on the destinations they secure for their students. This year, I’m pleased to see so many young people benefit from a UTC education as they take the next step with their careers. Given the economic downturn our country currently faces, UTCs are exploring all opportunities for their leavers and Kickstart is a great initiative to help some find the right next step into the world of work.”

Lord Baker, Chairman Baker Dearing Educational Trust said:

“I’m thrilled that University Technical Colleges have been able to team up with the British Chamber of Commerce and their regional Chambers to facilitate Kickstart for so many deserving students. With youth unemployment already high, and rising, as a consequence of the pandemic, it is vital that all schools go the extra mile to help their leavers to identify the best possible opportunities at the current time. UTCs are leading by example.”

BCC Head of People Policy Jane Gratton said:

“Rooted in local business communities, Chambers of Commerce understand employers’ growth aspirations and will be working with UTCs across England to bring firms and young people together to create new jobs.”