Kickstart Success as 10 New Employees Join Accrington Stanley Community Trust

Accrington Stanley Community Trust have employed an initial 10 people from the local area as part of the governments Kickstart scheme.

The first cohort of 10 employees started in March 2021, in a variety of roles including Admin, Cleaning, Sports Coaching, Youth Worker, Site Maintenance and Leisure Attendants.

Paul Mallen, Employability Officer at Accrington Stanley Community Trust commented about the success of the scheme:

‘’The reason we considered the Kickstart scheme was because we recognised that due to the pandemic, young people that may not have work experience or those leaving education would struggle to find work, apprenticeships or training. We decided that we could help some of those young people and provide paid work experience with additional employability training that will be valuable to them in the future.

The kickstart employees are now in their 4th week with us and we have been very happy with their attitude, work ethic and professionalism they’ve shown within our organisation. Filling all 10 vacancies with quality candidates referred by work coaches at Accrington Job Centre has been a positive outcome for us.’’

Left to Right: Thomas Hughes, Jacob Leonard, Amber Roberts, Ryan Chadwick, Paul Mallen (ASCT Employability Officer), Reece Nightingale, Madeleine Gardiner, Elliott Day.
Missing from the picture: Ajay Lord, Matthew Coar & Daniel Holden

New Kickstart employee Madeleine Gardiner, whose role is to support the Admin staff said:

‘’I applied as an administration assistant here at Accrington Stanley Community Trust as a part of the kickstart scheme. I wanted to apply because I was told of what an amazing and supportive employer they are, and I couldn’t agree more. Working here has been the best experience, with the best people and everyone has made me feel part of the team.

I’ve learnt so much in only a few weeks, and I have enjoyed every minute of working here. My role is only temporary with the kickstart scheme, but I hope to have a future here at the Trust.’’

A further cohort of 10 Kickstart employees will be recruited in September 2021, as Accrington Stanley Community Trust provide more opportunities to people in the local area.

The Kickstart Scheme is a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high-quality 6-month work placements for young people aged 16-24, who are claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long term unemployment.

For more information on the Kickstart scheme at Accrington Stanley Community Trust, please contact Paul Mallen on 01254 475013 or email