TalkTalk creates 50 work placements as part of government scheme

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by David Prior

TalkTalk has begun advertising six-month work placements for more than 50 young people, as part of the Government’s Kickstart Scheme.

The Kickstart Scheme is run by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and will last until the end of 2021. It provides funding to create new job placements for 16- to 24-year-olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long-term unemployment, having been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis.

Salford-based TalkTalk is offering roles to at least 50 young people across all areas of the business. Positions will be available in customer relations, communications, technology, and administration initially, with the potential to extend into other departments later in the year. 

Daniel Kasmir, Chief People Officer at TalkTalk, said: “We know that the North West has faced some difficult times over the last year, with many young people experiencing unemployment and job losses as a result of the pandemic.

“Thanks to the Kickstart Scheme, we’re able to provide some much-needed opportunities for young people in our area to gain real-life work experience, learn new and transferable skills, and workshop their CVs so they can secure a fantastic job in the future, be it with us, or elsewhere."

Mims Davies MP, Minister for Employment, said: “It’s great to see TalkTalk backing this Government’s Kickstart Scheme with recruitment for 50 young people to get on the employment ladder in roles across the region – giving local talent crucial work experience in areas from finance to social media in this exciting industry."

In December, TalkTalk revealed it had had a “robust operational performance” in spite of Covid-19, with EBITDA down 12.9% year-on-year to £122m.