We've helped kickstart 40 careers for young people with more opportunities coming up!

40 young people, like Rory Martin, have been provided jobs across the Link group of companies (Link Housing, Horizon Housing Association, Larkfield Housing Association, LinkLiving and West Highland Housing Association) since the housing, people and communities organisation engaged in UK Government’s £2 billion Kickstart scheme last year.

In being one of the top Scottish organisations to engage in the programme, which has created new and fully subsidised jobs for young people, Link has bolstered its position as one of the country’s best employers and people-focused organisations.

Rory Martin, who joined Link in Edinburgh as a record management assistant through Kickstart in June 2021, has since secured full-time employment with the organisation as a repairs administrator.

Rory said: “I would absolutely recommend the scheme! Aside from the fact it has launched me into full-time employment, Kickstart has been an amazing opportunity to drop into the deep end of an unfamiliar industry and learn how to navigate in a manner that is efficient and productive.

“The opportunity to build new personal networks both within my immediate placement and with my fellow kickstarters across the broader company has also been especially rewarding.

“I have really enjoyed the fast-paced but supportive atmosphere of our office; every team member has been friendly and welcoming, and happy to assist in the process of my training.”

The Kickstart scheme is subsidised, with the Government paying 100 per cent of the age-relevant national minimum wage, national insurance, and employer minimum auto-enrolment pension contributions.

As a Scottish Living Wage employer, Link has enhanced the standard payments offered through Kickstart for the 40 young people.

Link’s Group Director of Communities, Sarah Smith said: “As one of Scotland’s largest affordable housing, care and support providers, Link is uniquely positioned to reach communities throughout Scotland.

“Our geographic and service range enabled us to provide 40 job placements through Kickstart so far, with more to come. 

“Link has been able to offer a variety of jobs from trainee support workers and digital engagement roles to posts in IT and HR, which will kickstart the careers of young people who would otherwise be left behind because of the pandemic.

“Our partner, LinkLiving, has an excellent track record in supporting young people into training, volunteering and employment through our Link Academy and the team has been on hand to provide wrap around employability and personal development support to all of the young people joining us.

“With all Link group partners represented in the scheme, it showcases how our group can truly make a difference to the country’s recovery from the economic ravages of Covid-19.”

Link is currently advertising 19 new Kickstart opportunities including jobs in Bathgate, Cambuslang, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife and Livingston.

The six-month placements are for a minimum of 25 hours per week and are open to people aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

Young people will be referred into the new roles through their Jobcentre Plus work coach.