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10 young people Kickstart careers at Very after Government scheme success

April 4, 2022

  • 10 young people secure permanent roles after excelling during Kickstart placements
  • Seven more 'Kickstarters' join the business 

The Very Group, which operates digital retailer, has created permanent roles for 10 young people who excelled after joining the business through the Government’s Kickstart scheme, which improves opportunities for young people at risk of long-term unemployment.

Having delivered brilliant results during their placements, which began in summer 2021, seven ‘Kickstarters’ have become automation assistants at Skygate, the retailer’s state-of-the-art fulfilment centre in the East Midlands. Three more have joined the tech and customer care teams at Very’s headquarters in Liverpool.

Building on the success of the scheme to date, Very has this week welcomed e new Kickstarters to its fulfilment team. The retailer will supplement their Government-funded wages and provide each young person with an individual assessment of requirements, a tailored training schedule, and support from their line managers, a personal mentor and a Very buddy.

Through Very’s partnership with The Prince’s Trust, the Kickstarters will have access to employability webinars, one-to-one support, inspirational talks from Prince’s Trust Young Ambassadors and help with next steps, post-placement. They can also take advantage of a raft of Very benefits, such as its employee discount and on-site fitness and wellbeing facilities, including a gym.

Sarah Willett, chief people officer at The Very Group, said: “I am so pleased and proud to be welcoming these fantastic young people to the Very team on a permanent basis. From day one, they impressed us with their energy and willingness to learn and I know they will continue to shine in their new roles.

“I’m also excited to meet our new group of Kickstarters at Skygate and follow their achievements over the coming months. We’re passionate about investing in early talent as we know that the right opportunities at a young age can totally transform lives and careers.”

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Media relations

Ashley Muldoon (The Very Group)         | 07523 044 507

Notes to editors

With annual revenue of £2.3bn, The Very Group is a unique digital business that combines online retail and flexible payments. Our family of digital retail brands, led by and supported by and, helps to bring 2,000 desirable labels within easy reach of more customers.

Our team of passionate people has a shared purpose: making good things easily accessible to more people, and we’re here for the millions of online shoppers across the UK and Ireland.

Across electrical, home, fashion and more, we sell everything our 4.8 million customers could need, except food. And our flexible payment options, which are provided responsibly via our Very Pay platform and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, help our customers manage their household budgets.

We have over a hundred years of history behind us, but at our heart there is a passion for change – to constantly improve what we do, to innovate with data and technology at our core and to be the best possible place to work.

For more information, visit our website or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

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