A help­ing hand into the jobs mar­ket


East Kilbride News - - SUPPORTING BUSINESS -

Busi­nesses have faced tough times dur­ing the Covid pan­demic, but the UK Gov­ern­ment has acted quickly to pro­tect lives and jobs.

Chan­cel­lor Ri shi Su­nak an­nounced a packa ge of mea­sures to sup­port jobs in ever y part of the countr y, giv­ing firms the con­fi­dence to re­tain and hire staff as well as pro­vid­ing peo­ple with the tools to get bet­ter jobs.

Nearly 12 mil­lion peo­ple were f u r l o u g h e d wi t h a £160 bil­lion sup­port pack­age, in­clud­ing the Coro­n­avirus Job Re­ten­tion Scheme. And now the £2bil­lion Kick­start Scheme will cre­ate hun­dreds of t hou­sand s of j obs f or 16-24-year-olds.

I think it’s a great scheme and you can learn a lot, par­tic­u­larly in a small com­pany or a start-up

Ja mes Renni e, 32, who runs menswear re­tailer Ryan James Stu­dio in Glas­gow, is one em­ployer who’s think­ing of us­ing the Kick­start Scheme to cre­ate an op­por tu­nity for a young per­son.

“I work by my­self, and try­ing to man­age ev­ery­thing from or­ders to the web­site is a lot, so I ’ve con­sid­ered the Kick­start scheme to em­ploy a dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing as­sis­tant,” he says. “They can fo­cus on so­cial me­dia, up­dat­ing the web­sit e and writ­ing blog posts, driv­ing traf fic to the web­site for sales.

“It’s chal­leng­ing for those com­ing out of school, col­lege or uni­ver­sity. We all know how com­pet­i­tive it is to get into the cre­ative in­dus­tries, so I think this is a re­ally good way to en­able small busi­nesses to give coach­ing.”

Un­der the new scheme, com­pa­nies can cre­ate 30 jobs – or if they ’re a small busi

“We’re re­ally lucky in Scot­land to have a sup­port­ive cre­ative net­work, with as­so­ci­a­tions such as the Cre­ative En­trepreneur­s’ Club,” says James. “I ’m part of Busi­ness Col l e c t i v e S c o t l a nd , a n d we’re see­ing a lot of col­lab­o­ra­tion com­ing through. I ’ve b e e n i n t o u c h wit h t h e Glas­gow City Cham­ber, so be­ing part of a group is def­i­nitely an op­tion.”

Back Loan ear­lier this year, which al­lowed him to grow the busi­ness by build­ing an app. “That’s been key,” he says. “It gave us the op­por­tu­nity to in­vest in the dig­i­tal side of the busi­ness.

“I ’m pl eased th e Chan­cel­lor has ex­tended the loan scheme – it ’ l l al low more busi­nesses to i nv e s t in mov­ing for ward as well as ex­tend­ing the time to re­pay.

For James, the web­site and so­cial me­dia are now pri­or­i­ties, so em­ploy­ing some­one to fo­cus on that through the Kick­start Scheme will ben­e­fit the busi­ness as well as giv­ing one young per­son the chance to boost their ca­reer with on-the-job train­ing.

“I think it’s a great scheme and y ou can l earn a l ot, par­tic­u­larly i n a s ma l l com­pany or a start-up,” he

says. “Any ex­pe­ri­ence is valu­able. I stud­ied broad­cast­ing and some­how found my way into vis­ual mer­chan­dis­ing. I learned how im­por­tant it is to work with dif­fer­ent peo­ple, to build your per­sonal skills.

“These cre­ative in­dus­tries give an in­sight into what’s hap­pen­ing at the minute too. Dig­i­tal and so­cial me­dia are at the fore­front of thi s, so spend­ing six months get­ting ex­pe­ri­ence in these is key.”

Busi­ness in Eng­land, Wales for Kick­start fund­ing to cre­ate new six-month job pl ace­ments f or y oung peo­ple cur­rently on Uni ver­sal Credit. They ’ ll get the ex­pe­ri­ence they need to find work once they’ve com pleted their place­ment, and fund­ing is avail­able for 100 per cent of the Na­tional Min­i­mum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus Na­tional In­sur­ance con­tribu tions and em­ployer au­to­matic en­rol­ment con­tri­bu­tions.

A GUY THING Ryan James sells stylish menswear and prod­ucts

OP­POR­TU­NITY KNOCKS James wants a young re­cruit to help him build the dig­i­tal side of his busi­ness

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