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Autism East Midlands takes on first permanent recruits through the Kickstart scheme, an initiative aimed to help young people at risk of long-term unemployment.

The Kickstart Scheme is aimed at young people aged 16-24 who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long-term unemployment. The Scheme, funded by the Government, provides fully funded job opportunities for young people to gain experience in various UK job sectors.

Autism East Midlands recognise the importance in supporting young people into full-time employment, providing the opportunity for participants to develop skills and gain experience, all whilst supporting autistic people in the community.

One of the recruits, Chloe Tidmarsh, had struggled with securing full-time employment due to the pandemic. Chloe applied to work at Autism East Midlands through the Kickstart scheme as a Trainee Support Worker at one of the Charity’s Supported Living Services.

Chloe said: “I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the service users and creating bonds with them, I feel like I’m helping them day to day, and I love being able to put a smile on their faces”.

Once Chloe graduated from the Kickstart Scheme, she then decided to apply for a permanent position at Autism East Midlands.

She said: “I wanted to apply for the permanent Support Worker role as I enjoyed working at Autism East Midlands, as I enjoyed working at their Supported Living Service and enjoyed the aspects of the role, I also wanted to take on more responsibility”. 

Autism East Midlands hope to take on more permanent members of staff in the future through the Kickstart Scheme.