Kickstart is a job placement initiative for unemployed people developed by Kilkenny LEADER Partnership (KLP) to address the specific employment opportunities in Kilkenny and match local employers and interested jobseekers. Kickstart places participants in sectors that offer real employment prospects and training.
KickStart places participants in Kilkenny business sectors that offer identified employment growth. With the support of general training in IT, communications, presentation skills and project management, the aim is to equip participants with the skills and experience to gain permanent employment in that sector. In addition, they have the opportunity to undertake a specialised training course in a project field recommended by the employer.
The key to making Kickstart a success is the pre-placement screening and training process. KLP Development Officers meet candidates prior to training to seek a match between skills, capacity, and potential and each host placement. Once on Kickstart, participants and host companies will be supported throughout their placement.
The project has been very successful and is an excellent example of the private sector, statutory agencies and local development companies like KLP, cooperating on an innovative new approach to solving a difficult issue. Kickstart was initiated as partnership project between KLP, State Street and the Department of Social Protection. For more information contact our offices 056 7752111