Young people at risk of long-term unemployment are encouraged to apply for new roles created under a new government program.

The Lincolnshire Co-op will recruit 30 eligible young people to take on new roles in Lincolnshire and Newark.

In partnership with The Prince’s Trust, the company has signed up to participate in the new government program designed to help young people find paid work experience and improve their employability.

Lincolnshire Co-op Kickstart Program, Amy Elliott (46414380)

Lincolnshire Co-op Resourcing Manager Matt Brown said, “When we heard about the Kickstart program, we were thrilled to get involved as we are committed to strengthening the local economy, developing people and delivering Leverage opportunities for the community.

“We hope to meet enthusiastic applicants who are eager to learn and want to take their first steps towards a new career.”

Young people are particularly hard hit by the difficult labor market. A third of new universal loan applicants are under 25, and the number of graduate positions available has decreased by 60% in the first half of 2020.

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Amy Elliot, who started out as a customer service assistant 11 years ago, is now the grocery manager.

She said, “Since joining, I have completed first aid training, a team leader course, and am now working on completing an in-house management development program that has given me the skills to become a permanent branch manager.

“I wanted to work hard to give myself a better future and Lincolnshire Co-op has always supported me and helped me gain knowledge and confidence.”

The application was opened in April with the closing date on May 10th.

The internship should start on June 1st.

The program is expected to generate a great deal of interest and a significant number of applications are expected.

Suitable candidates are between 16 and 24 years old and have received a universal loan for at least six months.

Visit the Co-op’s website for more details.