25th Nov, 2020

West Midlands Ambulance Service to create 30 job placements to help kickstart careers

A ‘KICKSTART scheme’ is set to help youngsters looking to join West Midlands Ambulance Service.

The government scheme provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24-year-olds on Universal Credit, at risk of long-term unemployment.

The trust has created 30 kickstart job placements across the region as Vehicle Preparation Assistants. Applicants will work on ambulance hubs, assisting with the cleaning and restocking of the fleet of front-line emergency ambulances – a key function in the trust. The kickstart job placements are for 25 hours a week for a six-month placement.

Head of Human Resources Carla Beechey said: “We are very proud to have been granted the funding to be part of this fantastic initiative which will provide young people in the local area to our hubs, who are struggling to get a job, with a fantastic opportunity to get on the career ladder.

“Vehicle Preparation Assistants will carry out a key role in the ambulance service providing additional support to our established ‘Make Ready’ teams to ensure our front-line ambulances are clean, in good working order and stocked ready to respond to the next 999 call. This is an exciting and very rewarding opportunity to work for an outstanding ambulance service during a time of national emergency which will give applicants a wealth of experience and exposure to new skills.”

The closing date for applications is this Monday (November 23).

Visit www.gov.uk/government/collections/kickstart-scheme for more information.

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