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EG Group is to create up to 300 new roles, as part of the Government’s Kickstart scheme to improve opportunities for young people at risk of long-term unemployment.

The new roles will provide applicants with an opportunity to gain valuable work experience during a six-month placement at either EG Group’s foodservice brands, including Greggs, Starbucks, KFC, Burger King, and Subway, at the Petrol Filling Stations, or at the EG Group Head Office in Blackburn.

The company says it will pay Kickstarters in line with current pay levels and ambitious individuals will have the opportunity to apply for permanent roles at the end of the six-month placement. Applicants will also be offered various incentives for involvement in the scheme, including monetary awards to Kickstarters who complete the full six months and a further award once they transition into a permanent role and the probationary period completes.

During the six-month placement, Kickstarters will be mentored by a manager and provided with the opportunity to complete a number of employability modules to improve their workplace skills, including communication, confidence and motivation, letter writing and interview techniques among others.

EG Group is confident many young people who are actively seeking opportunities will be able to transition into employment at the end of the six-month Kickstart placement, given the varied professional and retail convenience roles it will make available.

The Kickstart scheme is designed to provide opportunities to young people who are on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. The scheme helps those who take part gain valuable work experience, while helping sectors such as hospitality with the support they need after having been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Donna Whittaker, head of HR and Payroll UK, EG Group, said: “We are delighted to be taking part in the Government’s Kickstart scheme. Young people are often the ones who have experienced the most significant consequences as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and so we are very pleased to be able to play a role in helping young people get back on their feet. By opening up such a large number of employment opportunities and providing hands-on mentorship and support throughout, EG Group is demonstrating its long-standing commitment to developing talent and giving back to the communities which we operate within.”