29 Apr 2021 - 1 min read

Yozu and The Kickstart Scheme: Supporting Young People in Employment

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At Yozu, we believe that a good attitude, a willingness to learn, and passion for what you do can often go a lot further than pure skill or experience. That’s why we’re so proud to be involved in The Kickstart Scheme; a £2 billion government fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality job placements for young people who might not have a great deal of experience in our industry, or don’t have access to the same opportunities as their peers.

Yozu and the Kickstart Scheme

So, what exactly is the scheme?

The primary aim of the Kickstart scheme is to provide opportunities for young people at risk of long-term unemployment with valuable and transferable workplace skills. Forget making the teas and coffees; this is a high-value experience during which time the trainee will be involved in project work, essential tasks and become a real part of the team. To help ensure that this happens, every company applying for the scheme needs to clearly demonstrate a considered plan for what the trainee will be doing. This must include:

  • The development of the real-world skills needed for finding long-term work (should they wish to move on from Yozu) after the initial six-month period has passed
  • Preparation of a CV and interview skills
  • Enhancement of the trainee’s team-working, organisational and communications skills

What will our first Kickstart employee be doing?

For a vacancy to qualify for the Kickstart scheme, there cannot be a requirement for extensive training in order to perform the duties associated with the role. It’s up to us at Yozu to provide the Kickstarter (totally unofficial name but it sounds cool, right?!) with the training and support they need to perform their job successfully and become comfortable and confident in the world of work.

With the launch of our very own SaaS products (Forage, Recrypt, FREIGHTsoft Cloud and HAZculator), it’s a really exciting time for the whole business, but especially our Marketing team who are super busy advertising and promoting the products. With this in mind, the Kickstart scheme felt like the perfect opportunity to expand the Marketing team and give the trainee some really exciting projects to work with. Work that the trainee will undertake includes:

  • Researching and finding information for marketing content, based on detailed briefs
  • Creating blog and social media posts with the support of the Marketing team 
  • Assisting our SEO efforts by conducting backlink work with third parties
  • Undertaking keyword research to identify trends and opportunities
  • Engaging with online communities within our target market 

In addition to these responsibilities, our Kickstart marketing trainee will also be asked to support the production of the Yozu weekly magazine, help the marketing team with their day-to-day tasks when required and maintain a monthly blog that details their training, tasks and progress.

What’s next?

We’re really excited to confirm that our Kickstart application has been approved and we’re well on our way to finding our next Yozu-er! It’s a lengthy process but we’re hoping that the trainee will be with us within the next few months. Are you interested in applying for our Kickstart Marketing Trainee role? Drop us a line telling us a little bit about yourself. If you have a CV – fantastic! If not, don’t worry; just let us know about any experience you have, along with your interests. We can’t wait to hear from you!   

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