Gloucester Rugby has been able to provide opportunities to five young people through the UK Government’s Kickstart scheme.
As part of their ongoing commitment to the local area, Gloucester Rugby hired five Gloucester-based KickStart employees across Operations, Communications and Customer Services to develop their skills, improve their employability and provide work experience during these challenging times.
The six-month placement was available people who were on Universal Credit, unemployed or at risk of long-term unemployment.
Gloucester Rugby invited Richard Graham MP, a long-term advocate of the programme, to Kingsholm to see the success of the scheme so far. He was able to hear first-hand how two of Gloucester Rugby’s KickStart employees are finding the scheme.
Emma Rotherham, 21, is completing her placement within the marketing department. She said, “Having studied Graphic Design at university, I found it difficult to secure relevant employment during the pandemic.
“Working within the marketing department at Gloucester Rugby allows me to continue to pursue design, while widening my skill set and understanding how graphic design fits in to the wider marketing mix.”
Oliver Rice, 19, joined the maintenance team after finding it difficult to find the right role for him.
Oliver said: “I had no experience in maintenance or operations before, but seeing this role come up as a Gloucester Rugby fan meant that I had to apply.
“Working for the operations department at Gloucester Rugby has been great, no two days are the same, and maintaining such an iconic stadium gives you a real a sense of pride and accomplishment. This opportunity has made me realise that I want to continue a career in operations, and I cannot thank Gloucester Rugby enough. They've not only set me on a career path that excites me, but have also supported me as I’ve struggled with my mental health.”
Lance Bradley, CEO of Gloucester Rugby said: “As we emerge from the pandemic, it’s important that Gloucester Rugby is able to reset, recover and rebuild, whilst continuing to play an active role in supporting the local community through initiatives such as the KickStart programme and our Squad of Thousands campaign.
“Helping young people to develop their careers is a passion at Gloucester Rugby, from our commitment to the Academy players to introducing young people to behind-the-scenes opportunities. The Kickstart Scheme is an excellent initiative that has been instrumental in allowing Gloucester Rugby help young people get into employment.”
Richard Graham, MP said: “Emma and Oliver and other Kickstarters at Gloucester Rugby are valuable additions to the team – like over 20,000 young people in the KickStart scheme across the UK. If masses of local employers were to join the scheme, like Gloucester Rugby, they’ll both benefit & help inspire a new generation into work opportunities.”
Gloucester Rugby currently has a number of KickStart roles available across multiple industries. If you are aged 18-25 on Universal Credit, please speak to your work coach who can refer you for this opportunity.