We are extremely proud to announce that One Manchester has been named the Gateway Organisation for the Kickstart Scheme on behalf of Manchester Athena.

Athena’s successful bid will see 106 employment opportunities created across a variety of disciplines and will lead to a total of 250 jobs for young people in Greater Manchester as part of Kickstart, a scheme created by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Manchester Athena, a partnership formed by housing providers in Greater Manchester to deliver employment and training support across the region, selected the team here at One Manchester to perform the function of the Gateway Organisation, and offer to over twenty job roles within our own teams. Twelve other Athena Housing Providers have also offered job roles totalling over 100.

DWP created the Kickstart Scheme to allow employers and gateway organisations to bid for grant funding to create new employment opportunities. The scheme aligns with Manchester Athena’s mission to work collaboratively with all the partner housing providers to deliver training, employment and other initiatives across Greater Manchester and the North West to reduce inequality and poverty. 

The scheme is a fantastic example of partnership working making a positive difference to people’s lives and creating opportunities. 

Nicole Kershaw, Chief Executive of One Manchester, commented: “We’re extremely pleased to have been chosen as the gateway organisation for the Kickstart scheme on behalf of the Athena partnership.

“Investing in our young people is a key priority for One Manchester and has become even more crucial following the effects of COVID-19. Signing up to the Kickstart scheme shows Athena’s dedication to our future generation.” 

Karen Mitchell, Chair of the Athena Board, said: “Athena’s mission is to transform lives across Greater Manchester and Kickstart is supporting this mission. 

“The jobs created will provide and develop valuable work-based and employability skills for young people within our communities, who are currently at risk of long-term unemployment. We hope many of the job roles will also lead to long-term employment within our partner organisations.”