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Headstart is a programme run by Amey to help get people from hard-to-reach areas into the world of work.

The six-month programme provides tailored on-the-job training, and learning and development opportunities, to young people aged 16 to 28, and is designed to boost their long-term job prospects.

Candidates are nominated by the Department for Work and Pensions and placed in pre-defined roles within Amey.  The programme forms part of Amey’s ongoing commitment to ESG, client and community collaboration and the Government’s Levelling Up Agenda.

The project began in Glasgow in May, and there are a number of Facilities Assistant roles open for application.

Stephanie Johnson, People Director for Amey, commented: “We were honoured to be joined [at the launch] by our new team members, and to also hear from some of the individuals who completed the Kickstart programme and have now taken on full-time positions at Amey. These young people are vital for creating a sustainable business and will support our ongoing success as we continue to provide services to schools and other public estates across the UK.”

Elena Barrasso, DWP Senior National account manager for Amey said: “We are proud to continue supporting young people in their career journeys through initiatives such as the Headstart programme. Amey is a flagship contractor and the first to evolve the Kickstart programme – which made a significant impact to young people’s career prospects across the country. We are looking forward to seeing how these individuals develop throughout the year.”

Amey is now looking to roll the programme out across other areas of the UK.

Further detail, including backing from Mims Davies, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Social Mobility, Youth and Progression, is here.

If you are interested, or know someone that would be a good fit please find contact Employee Partnership Manager for DWP, Ann Connor, ANNE.CONNOR@DWP.GOV.UK