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Housing association consortium to create 800 jobs through government scheme

By 15/01/2021No Comments

A consortium including 44 housing associations will create more than 800 new job placements for unemployed young people through the government’s Kickstart Scheme.

Placements for 16 to 24-year-olds will include roles in IT, customer service, marketing, development and housing (picture: Getty)

Placements for 16 to 24-year-olds will include roles in IT, customer service, marketing, development and housing (picture: Getty)

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A consortium including 44 housing associations will create more than 800 new job placements for unemployed young people through the government’s Kickstart Scheme #UKhousing


Clarion Housing Group, the largest housing association in the UK, will lead the consortium, having secured £6m in funding through the programme, which was unveiled last summer as part of ministers’ post-pandemic recovery plan.

The Kickstart Housing Network, which currently involves 59 member organisations in total, will provide placements for 16 to 24-year-olds across England and Wales claiming Universal Credit.

The scheme will see the government pay 100% of the national minimum wage to those hired for a six-month work placement.



Clarion will be directly employing 301 young people through the initiative, providing training through its charitable foundation, Clarion Futures.

It will assign a mentor to every young person given a placement through the scheme.

Placements will include roles in IT, customer service, marketing, development and housing, Clarion said.

The 125,000-home landlord plans to make further bids for Kickstart funding as part of the consortium, with a target to deliver more than 1,000 placements by the end of the programme.

Clare Miller, chief executive of Clarion, said: “Clarion has a proud record of supporting people into work and I am delighted we will be giving opportunities to hundreds of young people to start their careers in housing.

“The Kickstart Scheme is a very welcome initiative, helping young people to access opportunities and fulfil their potential.

“It is a great example of government and the housing sector working together to meet the challenges we all face as we recover from the pandemic.”

Members of the Kickstart Housing Network are:

  • A2Dominion Residential
  • ABCA Systems
  • Adra (Tai) Cyfyngedig
  • Apna Ghar Housing Association
  • Arhag Housing Association
  • Citizens Advice Broxbourne
  • BSW Heating
  • Cadwyn Housing Association
  • Chichester Community Development Trust
  • Clarion Housing Group
  • Community Gateway Association
  • Derventio Housing Trust
  • Eastlight Community Homes
  • Ekaya Housing Association
  • Gas Contract Services
  • Havering Volunteer Centre
  • Hyde Housing Association
  • Innisfree Housing Association
  • John Taylor Hospice
  • Lancaster City Council (housing service)
  • Learning & Skills Solutions
  • Leeds & Yorkshire Housing Association
  • Manningham Housing Association
  • Morgan Lambert
  • Mosscare St Vincent’s Housing
  • Nehemiah Housing Association
  • Newydd Housing Association (1974)
  • Newydd Maintenance
  • North London Muslim Housing Association
  • Nottingham City Homes
  • Octavia Housing
  • Optivo
  • Orbit Group
  • Origin Housing
  • Orwell Housing Association
  • PA Housing
  • Peabody Trust
  • Peter Bedford Housing Association
  • Preston Vocational Centre
  • Raven Housing Trust
  • Saxon Weald
  • Six Town Housing
  • Southern Housing Group
  • Sovereign Housing Association
  • Sporting Inspirations CIC
  • Tamil Community Housing Association
  • TB Hull and East Riding
  • The Community Housing Group
  • The Havering Theatre Trust
  • The Industrial Dwellings Society (1885)
  • The Swaythling Housing Society
  • Thirteen Group
  • Tower Hamlets Community Housing
  • Tuntum Housing Association
  • Walsall Housing Group
  • West Kent Housing Association
  • Westway Housing Association
  • Witton Lodge Community Association
  • Yorkshire Housing

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