Date: 22nd October 2021
Curtins has joined the government’s Kickstart Scheme
We are pleased to announce that Curtins has enrolled in the Kickstart Scheme. This is a government funded programme to provide paid placements for young people who have been out of work for some time and equip them with employability skills so that they are in a better position to find work in the future.
Improving social mobility and providing opportunities for young people was part of our founder’s ethos, and we maintain this today in our desire to positively impact on the communities we serve and leave a lasting legacy.
Social mobility in the UK has been declining for several years, and according to statistics published by the government, over half of the public believe that the pandemic has increased social inequality, with a worsening impact on housing, finances and job prospects.
As part of the Kickstart Scheme, we will be providing 6-month placements, initially in our Liverpool and Manchester offices, that will include support for young people to help them find work after their time with us. We hope to be able to expand the placements to some of our other offices in the new year.
The Kickstart trainees will have the chance to develop technical STEM skills through working with our teams across specialisms – opening up career paths for them in engineering, transport planning and environmental services.
For Curtins, the programme will help us widen our demographic of talent within the business and welcome new ideas, enthusiasm and digital know-how.
We hope that by providing these opportunities in a supportive and safe environment we can make a small but important step to improving the prospects of these young people and helping to overturn the downwards trajectory of social mobility in the UK, with the support of the government and the Social Mobility Pledge.