MERSEYSIDE business EasyTots has found two new recruits through the Government’s Kickstart scheme, using St Helens Chamber as a gateway.
The Kickstart scheme is a Government funded programme which encourages businesses to hire local unemployed young people. The Government will fund their salary for 25 hours per week at the National Minimum Wage, plus their National Insurance and employer pension contributions. Businesses also receive one off payment of £1,500 to support with recruitment and training costs.
EasyTots was founded in 2015 by Helen Davies, offering innovative feeding solutions to help with mealtimes, from the very start of weaning to age four. The company exports its products across Europe, Asia, Australia, the USA and Canada.
Due to continued growth, Helen decided to recruit more staff to support the business through the Kickstart scheme.
She said: “We recently expanded our operations and moved into warehouse space in St Helens in September. This move has been instrumental in enabling the company to expand and provide the space and capacity for growth.
“Initially we recruitment one member of staff but we knew we needed more staff to support our continuing growth, so the Kickstart scheme came at a great time for us.
“We chose to go through St Helens Chamber as a gateway to process our application and everything ran smoothly from start to finish.
“With the move we just didn’t have the time to work through the application process, but the Chamber made it easy; they took care of everything from processing our application to advertising the vacancies, and we couldn’t be happier with the service.”
Laura Brogden, Head of Career Development at St Helens Chamber, commented: “We’re really pleased to see the first Kickstart candidates settling into their roles. It’s been a tough year for businesses and we applaud EasyTots for supporting these young people.
To find out more about the Kickstart Scheme, email firstname.lastname@example.org