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TK Maxx announces 2,000 new placements as part of Government’s Kickstart Scheme

Tom Shearsmith
23 September 2021

TJX Europe, the parent company of TK Maxx, has announced the creation of 2,000 new placements as part of the Government’s Kickstart Scheme, designed to support young people aged 16-24 on Universal Credit.

The six-month placements in over 400 TK Maxx and Homesense stores across the UK begin this month. Participation in the Kickstart Scheme builds upon TJX Europe’s long-term commitment to help vulnerable children and young people achieve their potential in local communities.

In addition to 25 hours of work experience per week and on-the-job training, the scheme will also provide specialist employability training and resources in partnership with The Prince’s Trust, which is designed to help the young people move into sustained employment.

Kickstart placements will be employed as store associates and loss prevention officers in more than 400 TK Maxx and Homesense stores across the UK. Placements will be in addition to existing vacancies and apprenticeships.

Jody Walker, Group Director at TJX Europe, said: “At TJX Europe, we are passionate about playing our part in helping young people overcome barriers to employment, and the Kickstart Scheme provides a brilliant opportunity for us to do that. Youth unemployment is an increasing problem in our society and has been exacerbated by the pandemic. Kickstart gives an opportunity for young people to learn new skills, gain experience and confidence within a supportive team.

“We’re delighted to continue our longstanding partnership with The Prince’s Trust to provide essential training to these young people, boosting their chances of securing long-term employment. As vacancies arise in our business, we are very hopeful that many will go on to find a career with us here at TJX Europe.”

TJX Europe has worked with The Prince’s Trust since 2014, helping over 1,470 young people through its Get into Retail programme, over 70% of whom went on to secure permanent roles at TJX Europe.

As part of the Kickstart Scheme, The Prince’s Trust will provide workshops and webinars to help each young person build confidence and develop transferable skills, such as teamwork, CV-writing, goal-setting, interview skills, and managing their mental health.

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