03/12/2020

University signs up to help kickstart careers for young people

The University of Bolton is aiming to help ‘kickstart’ the local economy by taking part in the new £2 billion Government scheme to boost youth employment, due to Covid-19 pandemic.

The University has been accepted by the Department of Work and Pensions to join the Kickstart scheme announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak earlier this year.

The University will partner with its local Jobcentre Plus office to advertise the opportunities.

Thirty young people aged 16-24 who are on Universal Credit, will be offered a six-month work placement and their wages paid for by the Government.

As an accredited Living Wage Foundation employer, the University has pledged to top-up the rate of pay so that those on placement receive the voluntary Living Wage.

It is part of the University’s commitment to the local community and its aim of supporting graduates employment.

Professor George E Holmes DL, Vice Chancellor said: “We are proud to be an institution that is embedded in the local community and we are committed to supporting local people and the local economy.

“The lockdown as a result of this pandemic has taken a big toll on many people’s livelihoods, especially young people.

“This scheme announced by the Government will enable us to give 30 young people a fantastic opportunity career wise.

“They will be able to develop, add to their skills set and receive the best mentoring support. It will literally help to kickstart them back into employment after a very productive six-month placement with the University.”

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