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Aggregate Launch Kickstart Programme

Aggregate Industries, which is committed to supporting the UK Government’s pledge to provide skills and training for young people, has launched its new Kickstart Programme 2020.

Having been approved as an official Kickstart Employer, Aggregate Industries is throwing its weight behind the scheme with the launch of this programme. It will aim to retain as many of the ‘kickstarters’ as possible by continuing their education, with some of the candidates potentially being offered the possibility of joining the company’s popular apprenticeship and graduate programme.

The Kickstart Programme 2020 will include 30 placements, specially designed to help young people gain work experience within the construction industry whilst learning, with the Government playing National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week for each placement.

During their six-month placement, those taking part will gain invaluable on the job experience and will work at some of the UK’s largest quarries, biggest road improvement schemes or state of the art asphalt plants, as well as in departments such as finance and Human Resources.

Applicants are also required to complete their Kickstart development programme – a curated curriculum created by Aggregate Industries consisting of practical skills that are essential for everyday working life, along with virtual learning on specific subjects taught by the Mineral Products Qualifications Council (MPQC) and the Company.

James Roberts, Human Resources Director at Aggregate Industries UK, commented: “It’s no secret that young people, especially those aged 16-24, have been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus pandemic in terms of employment and training opportunities.

“Recognising the vital role we can play in supporting the next generation of talent to emerge during this difficult time, we welcome the government’s Kickstart scheme and we’re proud to be an approved Kickstart Employer 2020.

“Successful applicants to our Programme will be exposed to a wide range of roles within the business and will learn valuable skills and may even potentially be offered the unique opportunity to move onto our apprenticeship and graduate schemes. We look forward to welcoming our new ‘kickstarters’ and helping them reach their full potential in the future.”

To learn more about the Aggregate Industries’ Kickstart Programme, 16-24-year olds in receipt of universal credit can apply via their local Jobcentre.

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