Organic baby and toddler food brand Piccolo has secured the opportunity to offer job placements to young people through the Government’s Kickstart scheme.

Piccolo has been granted 14 Kickstart positions to help support its plans to continue the brand’s growth while offering young people the chance to gain real industry experience and receive a wage during their job placement.

Those who complete their six month placement will also benefit from receiving a food and drink manufacturing ‘passport’, which confirms their readiness to get a job in the industry, as well as an employability programme delivered by Youth Employment UK.

The roles available include positions in marketing and PR, sales and operations, customer service and web development.

“After becoming one of The Sunday Times’ Fast Track Ones to Watch, we’re thrilled to be offering young people the chance to gain experience working at an ambitious FMCG,” says Piccolo founder Cat Gazzoli. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to hone their skills and see first-hand how they can contribute to the success of a company.”

Comments Minister for Employment Mims Davies MP: “It’s great to see food and drink manufacturers rallying together to offer vital opportunities to gain key industry experience and training through the Kickstart Scheme, boosting their longer term prospects.”

The UK Government’s Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for those aged 16 to 24 who are on Universal Credit.