16th Apr, 2021

Kickstart opportunity for young unemployed with HS2 project

HS2’s construction partner for the West Midlands Balfour Beatty VINCI, is offering young people who are out of work the opportunity to kickstart their career on Europe’s biggest infrastructure project.

Working in partnership with youth charity the Prince’s Trust, Balfour Beatty VINCI has pledged to provide 30 Kickstart placements this year as part of its commitment to support young people from the local area into work.

The partnership also aligns with the Prince’s Trust’s aim of getting 1,000 young people enrolled onto Kickstart programmes in 2021.

Kickstart is a Government funded initiative aimed at creating job placements for 16 to 24-year olds who are on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

Placements are for six months and participants are paid a salary equivalent to the national minimum wage or the national living wage.

The ‘hands on’ element of the training will be provided by Balfour Beatty VINCI and will see young people working to support the delivery of Britain’s new railway.

Placements will be based within a range of different departments, including design, engineering, consents, site support, finance and skills, employment and education.

The Prince’s Trust will also support the learning and development programme, providing employability support to help participants achieve their course accreditation and achievement award from the Industrial Cadets.

Shilpi Akbar, head of stakeholders and communities at Balfour Beatty VINCI said: “The opportunity to begin building your career with Balfour Beatty VINCI, working on one of Europe’s largest infrastructure projects, really is unrivalled.

“I would encourage those considering a career in the construction and infrastructure industry to seize this opportunity with both hands.”

The first 16 work placements with Balfour Beatty VINCI will begin on April 26, 2021 and the application process is now open.

Young people who wish to apply and meet the specified criteria (16-24 and claiming Universal Credit) should speak to their Work Coach at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The final 14 placements will be advertised later this year.

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