THE company behind a Winchester nursery has signed up to a new Government scheme.
Tops, which has a preschool at the city’s hospital, is now part of the £2billion ‘kickstart’ initiative.
This has been designed to ensure young people at risk of long term unemployment have a future of opportunity by creating quality, government-subsidised jobs.
Tops will be offering 35 brand new job openings which will provide experience for young people seeking their first role in and around the Early Years Sector.
Cheryl Hadland, managing director of Tops Day Nurseries said: “In such an uncertain time I am delighted to be able to offer secure positions at Tops Day Nurseries to support the economy. The pandemic has been difficult for us all, but it has been particularly difficult for the younger workers who have been made redundant or are facing long-term employment issues.
“We have created brand new positions in all of our nurseries and have even offered the opportunity to work alongside our head office team in Bournemouth to gain experience in a covid secure office environment. Roles include support assistants, department junior, marketing support assistant, legal intern and more.”
The new jobs are not replacing existing or planned vacancies, nor causing any existing colleagues to lose or reduce their employment hours.
In signing up to this scheme Tops Day Nurseries is looking to welcome applicants from across the Winchester area, with the successful candidates able to develop their skills with one of the UK’s most eco-sustainable, award winning childcare providers.
The Government have announced that the Kickstart scheme will initially be open until December 2021, but there is the option for it to be extended.
Young people will be referred into the new roles through their Jobcentre Plus work coach.