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Trust Gives Youngsters a Kickstart with Opportunity

Trust Gives Youngsters a Kickstart with Opportunity

Date of release: 9 September 2021

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust is giving 20 youngsters who lost their jobs in the COVID-19 pandemic a helping hand back into employment through a new government initiative.

The organisation has taken advantage of the Kickstart Scheme that provides funding to create new jobs over a six-month period for 16 to 24 year olds who are at risk of long-term unemployment. 

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Participants in the Kickstart scheme


The Trust, supported by colleagues in NHS Futures, is helping 20 local young people secure employment by offering training and support throughout their six-month placements on topics such as interview techniques, applying for vacancies and a variety of other opportunities to help them secure long-term employment.  

Nine of the placements are as trainee ward receptionists, while the others are in various administrative positions around the Trust.

The Trust are very grateful to the areas and staff that have welcomed the young people, and are working hard to mentor and support them to be the best they can be. The feedback has been excellent, with all the trainees reporting how much they are learning and enjoying their areas. 

Sallie Johnson, NHS Futures Manager, said: “NHS Futures have been supported by the Trust to engage in this project to get young local people back into employment.  

“I know from personal experience how this pandemic has affected the careers of young people, so it is great to be able to give them the opportunity gain valuable work experience and support them in developing their employability skills.” 

The Trust has until December to take full advantage of the Kickstart scheme. Anyone who would like more information on how it works, or knows someone who would like to apply or works in an area which would like to offer a placement, please contact the NHS Futures Team via email at  rwh-tr.nhsfutures@nhs.net.

The funding covers the national minimum wage or national living wage depending on the age of the participant for 25 hours per week for a total of six months, plus associated National Insurance contributions and minimum automatic enrolment pension contributions.

In addition, the Trust is to advertise for a further 21 placements in areas such as housekeeping, administration in both patient and non-patient facing departments, healthcare and ward assistants and audiology support.

Anyone interested in finding out more should email the NHS Futures team at rwh-tr.nhsfutures@nhs.net for further details. However to apply, they need to speak to their Job Centre Job Coach and receive a referral. To be eligible to apply they need to be aged 16-24 and receiving Universal Credit.

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