Young people get into work with local employers at Southwark Kickstart Job Fair

Young people from across Southwark borough left an Employment event with new jobs this week after signing up to the government’s new Kickstart scheme.

Southwark College hosted the Kickstart Job Fair with the Department for Work and Pensions to help link young people to local employers who had signed up to the Kickstart Scheme, including local companies such as Millwall Community Trust, Mama Dolce and Paycheck.

Kickstart was introduced by the government to support 16- to 24-year-olds into employment while gaining the work experience and qualifications they need to start their career. Employers participating in the scheme receive funding to create jobs for young people at risk of long-term unemployment.

Annette Cast, Principal of Southwark College, said: “The Kickstart scheme is an exciting initiative that can help with London’s economic recovery while helping link local employers with young talent. As one of London’s top colleges, we work closely with businesses to help them make the most of the government’s Kickstart Scheme and support young people into employment to help them boost their skillset and achieve their potential.”

Kickstart is part of the government’s ‘Plan for Jobs’ and aims to create new, fully funded jobs across England, Scotland and Wales. To find out more about how you can access the Kickstart scheme or other support available to employers at Southwark College, visit