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Kickstart your reuse team with young talent

The right people can boost efficiency, productivity helping you run a successful reuse programme, and young talent can help you do just that.

Those entering the workforce for the first-time bring fresh energy and enthusiasm while freeing up vital capacity for more experienced staff. Critically, they often offer new technological capabilities and novel ideas.

Warp It research has shown that organisations strongly recognise the considerable benefits of using students, interns, or apprenticeships to co-manage their reuse projects and operations.

As well as saving significant costs and improving the environmental impact of organisations, The Warp It redistribution system has helped safeguard and create countless job roles. The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, for example, reported it had created a new full-time reuse job post since joining Warp It in 2015.



Above: young talent can bring fresh energy and enthusiasm to your reuse project.


However, it can be difficult to find the right individuals; this is where the government's Kickstart scheme can help you find young talented people to join your team.

The £2 billion nationwide programme helps young people who are at risk of long-term unemployment gain meaningful experience and unlock their potential. It's aimed at 16 to 24-year-olds who are not in education and claiming universal credit.

It gives funding to employers to create six-month job placements and the job start dates can take place up until 31 December 2021.

When you hire someone through the scheme for a placement, the government will pay you minimum wage, which you can top up to a higher wage, and national insurance costs.

Funds are also given for training and development for those hired through a Kickstart role to ensure they get support to develop their careers.

It is open to registered companies and public sector organisations who pay staff via PAYE. Potential employees must be referred to the scheme through local job centres to check that they qualify.

Job placements created need to be new roles. Existing employees, apprentices, or contractors should not lose work or have their hours reduced because of the scheme. Get more details on the Kickstart scheme.


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Above: the government's Kickstart scheme can help you find young talented people to join your team.


Additionally, the Warp It intern support pack offers everything you need to engage an intern to help with your furniture reuse program, including tips on how to find interns along with a job description, interview questions, and intern management plan.

Even more advice is available in the Warp It insider guide on managing interns. It includes sage advice by industry experts who hire interns on a regular basis and know exactly what must go into an internship for both parties to get the most out of it.

By hiring the right people that fit with your culture, then engaging and empowering them you will bring brilliant benefits to your reuse work, and infuse it with even more purpose, energy, and enthusiasm.

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Jennifer Clair Robson

Jennifer Clair Robson

Writing to make a difference because climate change, sustainability and the environment are issues close to my heart.


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