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A.F. Blakemore Joins Kickstart Scheme

January 22, 2021

Kickstart Scheme

A.F. Blakemore has joined the government’s Kickstart Scheme as part of its ongoing commitment to helping young people into the workplace.

The Kickstart Scheme is designed to help people aged 16 to 24 who are currently on universal credit to develop the skills and experience they need to find work, through valuable six-month job placements.

A.F. Blakemore is currently advertising more than 190 Kickstart vacancies across England and Wales. These positions include part-time home delivery support assistants and fresh food champions in Blakemore Retail and warehouse assistants in Blakemore Fresh Foods.

Group HR & Strategy Director Ian Diment commented: “We are excited to be welcoming young people into A.F. Blakemore on the government’s new Kickstart Scheme.

“As a business that is committed to building a diverse workforce and investing for the future, it is vital that we help foster the next generation of talent.

“A.F. Blakemore’s job roles will provide young people with great insight into careers in retail and logistics, as well as the chance to gain skills essential for long-term employment.

“The newly created roles in Blakemore Retail will also help accelerate the implementation of two of the business’s key strategies around fresh food development and home delivery.”

Each individual on a placement with the company will be supported with on-the-job training and employability skills training, which will include guidance on CV writing, applying for vacancies and interview techniques.

A.F. Blakemore has also applied to become a Kickstart gateway organisation, which, if successful, will mean that its independent retailers will be able to access the scheme via the company too.
 

Supporting fresh and home delivery strategies

The newly created roles in Blakemore Retail will help accelerate the implementation of two of the business’s key strategies around fresh food development and home delivery

 

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