Mansfield cleaning firm's jobs boost for young workers
A Mansfield cleaning company continues to go from strength to strength during the pandemic, thanks to a new Government scheme.
Clifford Domestic Limited has spent five years building its business and is hoping the future lies with a raft of new, young workers which they are employing as part of the new Kickstart initiative.
The scheme, launched in November, provides funding for six-month work placements for young people – paying them the national minimum wage for 25 hours per week.
It allows youngsters ordinarily reliant on Universal Credit to gain valuable work experience in the hope of securing future employment, while earning a wage – something owner Rachael Clifford hopes will help to ensure future growth for her company.
“When we heard about the Government scheme, it seemed like a perfect idea for us – it meant we could take on new cleaning contracts whilst providing employment to young people in the area,” she said.
"A lot of young people find it hard to get a job without experience and feel forgotten about, so this is an ideal opportunity for them, and us.”
Clifford Domestic was set up five years ago when Rachael, 44, was made redundant and now her company provides domestic and commercial cleaning services throughout Mansfield
Her partner Carl Chantry left his driving job to join the firm last year, making it a family affair.
Securing 10 places on the Kickstart scheme, the company has already employed its first two employees – with remaining vacancies being advertised by Department for Work and Pensions work coaches.
Mansfield MP Ben Bradley has championed work opportunities for people in the area and hopes the scheme can benefit out-of-work residents throughout Mansfield.
He said: “It’s fantastic to see Kickstart being put to good use and creating jobs for young people right here on our doorstep.
"One of my key priorities has been education, training and work opportunities for young people – clearly the pandemic means this is a tough time to be looking for a job, but Kickstart has the potential to make that a little easier.
"I hope Clifford Domestic are able to take on the full slate of 10 new staff members through the scheme, and get some local young people off to a great start in the workplace.
"Well done to them all.”