Havas creates 100 new government-back jobs to turbocharge its entry-level placement scheme
HKX Platform, which targets underrepresented talent from diverse backgrounds, will expand threefold by the end of the year.
Havas UK has tapped into the Government’s flagship Kickstart scheme – which aims to help young people into work through high-quality, six-month work placements – to turbocharge its entry-level placement scheme, HKX Platform.
The substantial commitment, which includes topped-up pay, will see Havas create 100 new entry-level jobs across its agencies in London, Manchester and Cirencester. It represents a significant evolution of, and investment in, HKX Platform – tripling the number of placements available, doubling their length, and expanding them across more than 20 of Havas’ UK agencies. It will continue to target underrepresented talent from diverse backgrounds to provide access, experience and a network within the communications industry.
The £2 billion Kickstart scheme, part of the Chancellor’s Plan for Jobs, provides funding to employers to create six-month job placements for young people (aged 16-24) on Universal Credit. Funding available for each job placement will cover the age-relevant National Minimum Wage, National Insurance and pension contributions for 25 hours a week.
Havas has chosen to significantly enhance these placements – making them full-time positions paying the London Living Wage.
The 100 new roles – comprising two intakes of 50 people before the end of the year – will span a range of disciplines, including account management, creative, data analytics, digital marketing, design, marketing and new business, management consultancy, production, project management, PR, social media, strategy, and HR.
The jobs aim to help young people, particularly those at risk of long-term unemployment, onto the career ladder, giving them the opportunity to build their skills and experience in the workplace. Each will include a full personal development programme, including coaching, CV workshops and interview training, and client sessions, as well as general employability and role-specific skills.
Participating agencies include Havas London (creative), Havas Media (media), Havas CX helia (customer engagement), Gate One (management consultancy), Cake (sport, culture and entertainment), Conran Design Group (design), Havas Studios (production), Cicero/AMO (public affairs), Havas Lynx (healthcare) and Red Havas (PR).