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Minister visits Carshalton riding school to celebrate kickstart scheme

It has been exactly one year since the government announced its Plan for Jobs which includes furlough and the kickstart scheme.

This week, to mark the anniversary, Treasury and Equalities Minister Kemi Badenoch visited a riding school in Carshalton which has hired new staff through government funding.

On Thursday ( July 8 ), Diamond Riding Centre, which specialises in teaching and training people with disabilities, welcomed Minister Kemi Badenoch to their stables.

The Minister toured the centre, met staff including two enthusiastic Kickstarters and was able to watch a riding lesson demonstration.

As part of an unprecedented £352 billion support package, the Plan for Jobs has supported and created jobs across the country.

The £2 billion Kickstart scheme is helping to create new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across the UK by providing funding to employers.

Diamond Centre manager Maz Ray said: “The Kickstart scheme has had an extremely positive impact on The Diamond Centre for Disabled Riders.

“It has provided us with the much needed day to day support, required to run a busy charity during this difficult time.

“The Kick-starters have acquired a variety of practical skills, and both have now gained employment in the equine industry.

“We are very proud of both of them, and wish them well in their new jobs.”

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Following the visit, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury Kemi Badenoch said: “The Government has a Plan for Jobs and that Plan is working, not just helping unemployed young people into work but also giving them real life skills and enabling them to pursue their passions.

“The Diamond Riding Centre is one of the thousands of fantastic community businesses giving a vital leg up to young people through the Scheme, and it was really encouraging to meet bright young Kickstarters with a true passion for what they do.”

To see more of what the Diamond Riding Centre do visit here.

To find out more about the Kickstart Scheme visit here.

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