Ongo has launched a project aimed at getting hundreds of local people into employment.
The project is part of the government’s Kickstart Scheme, which provides funding to employers to create six-month placements for people aged between 16 and 24, and who are currently in receipt of Universal Credit.
The government has pledged to fund each placement, paying national minimum wage for 25 hours a week, which means local businesses can fill a number of vacancies free of charge.
14 companies have signed up to the scheme so far, with more than 50 vacancies available. However, more are being urged to get in touch and benefit from both the funding and extra members of staff.
There is no limit to the number of placements available, with Ongo itself committing to 22 new roles within their roofing, homes, and communities’ teams.
Maryanne Fitzgerald, engagement and enterprise manager at Ongo, said: “We are delighted to be part of such a great scheme, helping to create lots of much needed roles within the area.
“We understand that, even without the challenges COVID-19 has caused, for young people getting into work can be really difficult. That’s why Kickstart is so important.
“It’s a benefit to the individual getting into work, for the businesses providing the opportunities, and also for us managing the placements, as getting people into work is what we’re all about.
“Overall, it will make a huge difference to our local community, and we’re very proud to be a part of it.”
Once placed into a role, Ongo will offer advice and additional training throughout the placement, along with wraparound mentoring and support.
Then after the six months, if further work isn’t available, Ongo’s Employment Support team will step in to provide extra job skills and qualifications and help individuals to apply for permanent employment.
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