Berkshire-based builder to create at least three jobs after securing Kickstart funding

Helix Group is  to employ at least three young people after winning a grant through the government’s Kickstart scheme.

The Newbury-based building firm plans to employ three young people initially for roles as a support engineer, office assistant and site management. These new hires would join the ranks of the rapidly expanding SME builder and consultancy – which has almost doubled in size in the past year.

The Kickstart scheme is part of the UK’s response to youth unemployment following the pandemic. To participate, employers must provide paid six-month work placements combined with on-the-job training. Previously Helix has shown its desire to help young people access opportunities in the sector by funding Management Trainee Ollie Pearce’s Quantity surveying degree and delivering a guest lecture to construction students at the University of Westminster.

The scheme will be up and running in the next two-three months, depending on when Helix can find the right applicants for the role. To be eligible for the government grand and support, applicants must be aged 16-24, be long term-unemployed and in receipt of Universal Credit.

Stephen Jarrett, Consultant Human Resources Manager for Helix, said: “This scheme will run side-by-side with the employment of apprentices in the coming months. Both projects play an important part in our strategic aspiration for Helix to offer local employment opportunities and career progression.

“It’s a very exciting time to be part of a values-focused organisation, shaping the next generation of construction professionals.”

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