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Metro to help young people ‘Kickstart’ their career

Unemployed young people in the West Midlands are being offered the chance to take the first steps towards a rewarding career on the region’s expanding tram network.

Midland Metro Limited, the operator of West Midlands Metro, is backing the government’s Kickstart scheme for 16 to 24-year-olds on Universal Credit.

West Midlands Metro currently have vacancies for Maintenance Technical Assistants, Administrators, a Customer Experience Officer and a Driver Customer Representative as part of this scheme which can provide a pathway to a permanent position.

Claire Scrimshire, Metro’s Head of HR, explained: “The network is gearing up for the opening of extensions to Wolverhampton Railway Station and Edgbaston later this year as part of a wider expansion project, presenting a wealth of employment opportunities for local people.

“As part of our wider recruitment campaign we’ve teamed up with Job Centre Plus offices in Wolverhampton, Wednesbury, West Bromwich, Dudley and Walsall to offer six-month placements to nine young people looking to kickstart their career.

“As well as providing them with practical experience of working in a light rail environment, the scheme also aims to equip them with a wide range of useful skills and the chance to move onto a formal apprenticeship scheme.”

The vacancies are open to anyone aged 16-24 that meets the Universal Credit criteria. To apply and for more information applicants should log into their Universal Credit account, where they can send a message to their Work coach via the Your Journal section of their account.

Claire added: “Kickstart offers a fantastic opportunity for unemployed young people to join a diverse and enthusiastic team that’s dedicated to providing the best possible service for customers, while getting their own careers back on track.”

The closing date for applications is Friday, April 23.