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Keyline to provide new employment opportunities for young people with kickstart Scheme


Keyline Civils Specialist has joined the Government’s Kickstart Scheme – a placement programme designed to support young people into theworkforce - as part of its ongoing commitment to bridging the skills gap in the construction industry.


Keyline is offering 21 positions for young, unemployed 16-24 year oldswith initial six monthwork placements across various divisionswithin the company, and as part of 800 placements across the Travis Perkins Group. The schemewill run alongside an existing portfolio of apprenticeship and learning and development programmes already offered at Keyline.


The Kickstart Schemewas announced in 2020 as a Government funded initiative, enabling employers to create newjob placements for 16-24-year-olds on Universal Creditwho are at risk of long-termunemployment.


Since securing Government approval as a registered Kickstart employer, Keyline has created newpositions that include roles in sales, commercial, the yard andmore. Each individualwill followa dedicated course based on a combination of classroomandwebinar learning plus practical, hands-on training, deliveredwith a flexible approach so that each employee’s programme can be tailored and adjusted towork on specific areas, in order to realise their full potential.


Dean Pinner,Managing Director at Keyline said: “We are proud to be among the first group of employers in the country to offer this incredible opportunity for young people.We recognise the potential here to help foster the next generation of talent and bridge the skills gap. At the same time, for those individuals joining us on this scheme, itwill help to open their eyes to the roles available in the construction sectorwhilst providing themwith the skills and confidence to seize career


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opportunities and enjoy long term employment. Even if they choose to followa path outside of the sector, the transferable skills they learn here, such as those gained fromKeyline’s committed customer service ethos,will equip these candidates and their future employerswell.


“At a timewhen this age group is facing rising unemployment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,we see this as an evenmore critical initiative to support the economic recovery and build amore diverseworkforce for the future across the business.”


BSI confirmed as an approved body for UKCA marking


BSI has been informed by theDepartment for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) that it is an Approved Body (0086) for the UKCAmarking; this new marking is required for placing relevant regulated products on themarket in England, Scotland andWales from1 January 2021. BSIwill also continue to be a Notified Body for the Northern Ireland market. The UKCAmark replaces CE marking in Great Britain (GB) countries, although CEmarkingwill continue to be recognised for products being placed on the GBmarket that have been certified by an EU notified body until the end of December 2021¹.


As an Approved Body, BSI canworkwith organisations on the required conformity assessment procedures thatwill allowthem to affix the UKCAmarking on to the


| February 2021 | www.draintraderltd.com following products:


■ Construction Products submitted to the Construction Products Regulation (CPR)


■ Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) ■ Gas appliances ■ Pressure Equipment ■ Lifts submitted to the Lift Directive ■ Marine equipment² ■ Measuring instruments


■ Radio equipment Several organisations have already achieved the UKCAmarkwith BSI. The organisations certified by BSI can be viewed here in the BSI


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