NEWS | Kickstart scheme proves further success for RUCST

Rotherham United Community Sports Trust (RUCST) are delighted to announce further success within our organisation thanks to the ‘Kickstart’ scheme. After successful spells for three of our former recruits, RUCST have hired three additional candidates to bolster our ever-expanding team due to funding grants from the Government’s Kickstart scheme and the DWP.

The funding from this scheme enables RUCST to provide 25 hours of work to promising individuals for a total of 6 months; therefore giving local young people a chance to ‘kickstart’ their careers. This scheme is in partnership with the English Football League Trust and Job Centre Plus.

At RUCST, we are passionate about giving everyone a chance and nurturing their potential. This is why the Kickstart scheme is a perfect opportunity for us to find and develop local, young talent to inspire a brighter future within the town of Rotherham.

The Trust have recruited a total of six young people into a range of roles through this scheme; Laura Boulding (Administration Assistant), Chris Pickford (Classroom Assistant), Eden Hallam (Assistant Sports Coach), Shannon Butler (Community Sports Coach) Charlotte Robinson (Classroom Assistant) and Jordan Billam (Community Sports Coach).

After her spell as an Administration Assistant and photographer at RUCST, Laura Boulding has gone on to secure a full-time Administration job at local Rotherham company ‘Lifeskills’. Furthermore, in July, Chris Pickford successfully secured a place on a National Teach First scheme in London after his time with our Education department as a Classroom Assistant.

When asked about his experience on the Kickstart scheme at RUCST, Chris said:

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time working as a classroom assistant at RUCST. From day one, I was made to feel like a full member of the team and learned so much from my manager, James, from my colleagues, and from the young people I worked with.

During my placement, with James’s support, I applied to the national Teach First scheme, had my training over the summer and started teaching in a secondary school in September 2021.  I am very grateful for the opportunity I have had to work with and learn from, such an incredible team and I was sorry to leave.”

RUCST’s successful Kickstart employees: Chris Pickford (above) and Laura Boulding (below)

New recruit Shannon Butler has had a phenomenal impact since starting in September, utilising her wide range of skills across the Health, Sports Participation and the NCS departments in her first two months at RUCST. Other new starter Charlotte Robinson takes on the role of Classroom Assistant, with the aim to kick start her teaching career.

New Kickstart employee Shannon Butler on NCS (bottom right)

Jordan Billam, our newest Kickstart employee, is a RUCST Training Ground Programme graduate, who then volunteered as a community coach with the Trust, which has now lead to a successful Kickstart contract. 

Education Manager James Mahoney is delighted with Jordan’s progress, and said:

“I am delighted for Jordan that he has been able to use our Training Ground programme as a stepping stone into employment.

Training Ground is an employability programme that has been delivered in partnership with the EFL Trust and has been hugely successful for us with 80% of participants securing employment at the end of the course.

Jordan has been attending this programme over the last 16 weeks and has worked extremely hard to develop his skills, improve his confidence and gain various qualifications. Throughout the programme Jordan was very enthusiastic about sports coaching and eager to gain experience coaching different groups of participants. Jordan thoroughly deserves this opportunity and I am sure he will be successful in the role of Assistant Sports Coach.”  

Gary Bricknell, Operations Manager at RUCST said:

“We are delighted to have added a range of new talent to our team through the Kickstart Scheme. All of our new recruits have many vital skills that will provide the trust with much needs support over the next 6 months. This initiative is an amazing way to start people’s careers and give them that initial boost that they need.”

For more information on the Kickstart scheme, Training Ground Programme or our Employability department, contact education@rotherhamunited.net or 01709827767.