Consett-based MINT Business Club has announced this week that it has placed its 100th young person into a work placement as part of the Government’s Kickstart programme.

The company became an approved gateway provider for the scheme in 2021 and placed its first Kickstarter into work on March 8.

Less than a year later, and MINT has successful placed 101 young people into six-month paid placements with employers across the region.

Peter Surridge, who has managed the Kickstart programme for MINT Business Club, said: “This week, our 100th and 101st Kickstarters started their new roles with Prudhoe Community Partnership.

“We wish them both the very best in their positions and we will work together to help them develop new skills, gain experience and grow in confidence, hopefully obtaining long term employability which is the ultimate aim of the scheme.”

The Kickstarter programme was launched by the Government in a bid to help 16-to-24-year-olds, who are out of work and in receipt of Universal Credit, find employment.

For a six-month period, each successful Kickstarter would work a minimum of 25 hours per week for six months, contracted at least at the National Minimum Wage for their age.

Nicola Jayne Little, founder of MINT Business Club added: “MINT’s core business is to support the self employed and small local businesses, and one of the biggest shifts we see in business owners comes after taking on their first employee.

“The Kickstart scheme has fitted so well with what we do, and we’re absolutely delighted to have helped 101 young people find work, whilst supporting their new employers in the next phase of their own growth and development too.”

Over 48% of the young people to have completed their work placements via MINT have gone on to be given full time permanent roles or transition onto apprenticeships.

Nicola added: “The scheme has been a phenomenal success for MINT and we couldn’t be happier that almost half of the completed Kickstart placements have resulted in longer-term employment.”

Pictured: Peter Surridge (far left) at Pacifica Group in Hougton-Le-Spring, for who MINT Business Club have placed several Kickstarters.