Kickstart scheme case studies: Meet the East Midlands businesses giving young people a chance in employment

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Thursday, 3 June 2021

East Midlands Chamber has helped more than 400 young people in the region find jobs via the Kickstart scheme, with another 1,200 vacancies live across Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire. Dan Robinson speaks to three companies and their Kickstart employees about their experiences of the initiative.

Birch Print's Kickstart students (left to right): Nathan Dudley, Zac Shaw, Ollie Wheway, Romana Mihalovicova and Tamzin Jones

Birch Print, Ilkeston

Taking on five Kickstarters was a “no-brainer” for Birch Print, a specialist print management company in Ilkeston.

The family-run business, founded 35 years ago, had reached the point when it needed to expand its team of nine but felt restrained by the uncertainty of the pandemic.

By using the Kickstart scheme, it has hired an admin assistant,

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