Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has signed up to the UK Government’s brand new ‘Kickstart’ Scheme which will provide hundreds of thousands of fixed-term jobs for young people across the country.

The scheme is a government initiative which will provide funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24-year-olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long-term unemployment.

The Trust’s placements, which will immerse 30 young people into the world of work at Black Country Healthcare, will provide an incredible and unique experience for young people seeking their first role within the NHS.

In signing up to this innovative new scheme, the Trust will offer a range of clinical and non-clinical placements from creating activities for patients and supporting nurses on wards to assisting porters and maintenance operatives in the estates and facilities department.

Chief Executive Mark Axcell said: “We are delighted to sign up and be a part of the Government’s Kickstart Scheme, and provide valuable work opportunities for 16 to 24-year-olds. We recognise the importance of providing placements for young and diverse talent, helping them gain experience and to develop their careers.”

The Kickstart Scheme is managed and funded by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).