The Wise Group has joined forces with Warmworks to deliver a new initiative, Warmstart, that aims to support young people into long-term employment and training opportunities in the energy efficiency and renewable technology industry.
Warmworks is the Managing Agent of the Scottish Government’s national fuel poverty scheme Warmer Homes Scotland, responsible for the installation of energy-saving improvements in homes across Scotland.
As Scotland’s path to net-zero carbon emissions accelerates, new initiative Warmstart aims to create a robust workforce that attracts and retains young people; creating a sustainable pipeline of talent that will support Scotland’s supply chain to meet increasing demand.
The first programme under Warmstart will aim to create 15 opportunities for young people within Warmworks and throughout its supply chain of approved sub-contractors.
Using the UK Government’s Kickstart scheme, and working alongside the Wise Group as a recognised Kickstart Scheme intermediary, Warmstart will provide bespoke support to young people to strengthen their career prospects.
Wise Group Chief Executive Sean Duffy said: “The need for rapid re-employment to underpin Scotland’s economic recovery is not in question. As we strive collectively to support more young people into the job market and contribute to economic recovery, our focus must be on a new approach.”
“The Kickstart Scheme opens up opportunity. Funding to enable our business community, particularly those in our SME community, to bring in new talent, and support more young people into the job market. The Wise Group will support placement needs and provide the wraparound support that new recruits will need to progress towards sustainable employment.”
Warmworks’ Managing Director Ross Armstrong said: “As Scotland moves towards a low carbon future, it’s vital that we provide our young people with the skills and the right environment to maximise the opportunities ahead. I am delighted to launch Warmstart and to build on our work to date in ensuring that the path to net-zero is supported by a high-quality, local supply chain that is fit for the future.”
Sean Duffy added: “We are delighted to be working with Warmworks who share the Wise Group’s commitment to Scotland’s young people and communities. This partnership is a new approach and will equip our young people with skills for the future and opportunities to succeed.”