Metroline is a further operator to support the government’s Kickstart scheme. It will create 30 new paid job placements at its garages in London that provide opportunities for young people who are most at risk of long-term unemployment brought about by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new positions will be open to people aged between 16-24 and who are in receipt of universal credit. Successful applicants through the Kickstart scheme will supplement existing Metroline teams in engineering administration, garage operations, IT, MoT administration, recruitment and service delivery roadside support. Jobcentre Plus work coaches will identify their young clients that are suited to the vacancies and encourage them to apply.
Each position will involve a six-month placement of 25 hours’ work per week. Participants will also receive CV advice, career talks, interview practice and help with job searching to enhance their long-term prospects.
Says Metroline Area Operations Director Nick Faichney: “Our business depends on attracting and developing new talent and we are pleased to partner with the Department for Work and Pensions to deliver this national scheme to support young people in achieving career success.
“Working with Metroline will give the participants invaluable skills to boost their employability.”
In January, Kent operator Chalkwell successfully obtained funding through the Kickstart scheme and announced that it would take on seven young people through the mechanism.