We are helping young people get back into work as part of the Government’s innovative Kickstart scheme.
The landmark programme supports organisations in offering six-month job placements for 16 to 24-year-olds who are receiving Universal Credit.
We have agreed a total of five placements at St Hugh’s.
Since it launched in September, Kickstart has created more than 120,000 jobs for those in an age group more likely to have been employed in sectors badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Our placements will give the recipients an opportunity to build skills and gain experience and will receive quality guidance and training in a safe environment.
St Hugh’s is a designated Super Green Site, meaning we can safely carry out surgical procedures for patients who do not have coronavirus. For some time, we have been following strict measures – such as staff and patient screening, and separate entrances for different departments – to protect everyone.
We are in the early stages of recruiting to the placements and are very much looking forward to welcoming our ‘kickstarters’.
The scheme was launched by Chancellor Rishi Sunak, who said: “This isn’t just about kickstarting our country’s economy. It is an opportunity to kickstart the careers of young people who could otherwise be left behind as a result of the pandemic.”
The scheme, he added, opens the door to a brighter future for that generation, and aids Britain’s economic recovery.