Oldham E-ACT academies join Kickstart Scheme aimed at getting young people back into work

Date published: 01 March 2021

The Oldham Academy North and Royton and Crompton E-ACT Academy, both part of the multi-academy trust E-ACT, have launched their Kickstart Placement Scheme, designed to support young people in developing the skills and experience they need to find work after completion.

The government’s Kickstart Scheme involves partners such as E-ACT and their academies offering six-month job placements for young people aged 16-24 who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

Placements are available in various functionalities within the academy such as Admin, IT, Site and Reception and can be tailored to suit the interests and needs of each candidate.

As well as receiving work experience in their chosen area, candidates will also receive career support including CV writing and interview technique and coaching through a partnership with Reed Education.

E-ACT is delighted to be offering these placements within their academies and to be able to support young people in their communities during these difficult times, with unemployment rates unfortunately rising.

They also hope the scheme could help past students of their academies, who may need additional support in finding employment since leaving education.

Linda Gregory, E-ACT’s People and Organisational Development Director, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer over 60 placements across our academies using the Government Kickstart Scheme.

"We hope these placements will provide a much-needed boost of real paid work experience to our previous students and the wider community, especially in these difficult times.”

More information on the E-ACT Kickstart Scheme in the Oldham area can be found here

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