Pinewood Studios has revealed their support as a Government scheme has been launched to help 16-24-year-olds who are unemployed.

The Kickstart Scheme is an initiative aimed at combatting long-term unemployment for young people, a section of society hit particularly hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.

It will provide funding to create six-month job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit, and following its introduction last year, more than 20,000 people have been in work through the scheme, with Pinewood being one of a number of organisations taking part.

Minister for Employment Mims Davies MP said: “Pinewood Studios is putting our young people centre stage, helping them break into the UK’s world-renowned TV and film industry through the Kickstart Scheme.

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“This is a prime example of how our Plan for Jobs is helping young people gain the valuable experience and skills needed to thrive in work.”

Beaconsfield’s MP, Joy Morrissey, added: “Pinewood Studios is a key employer within my constituency, and I am deeply encouraged to see that they are supporting young people, living locally to gain valuable work experience in an exciting industry.”

The scheme is to help those who are jobless

The scheme is to help those who are jobless

Since joining the scheme, Pinewood have employed eight young people, with the successful candidates being referred to them a by local Jobcentre Plus within High Wycombe and Aylesbury.

Those who managed to get jobs through the scheme are currently working in several departments such operations, TV studios and post production.

Several other candidates are due to start this summer, with Pinewood also revealing that vacancies are still available.

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Paul Golding, chairman at Pinewood Group added: “Helping young people to develop their careers is an important priority at Pinewood.

“The Kickstart Scheme is an excellent initiative that we are pleased to be supporting.

“I am committed to ensuring it is a success for all those who join our programme and I look forward to welcoming them to the studios”.

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