A RECRUITMENT drive has been launched by connectivity provider TalkTalk who are offering 50 paid placements in Salford for young people as part of the Government's Kickstart Scheme.

As part of the scheme those aged 16 to 25 who are on Universal Credit can apply for six-month work placement which are funded by the Government.

The roles available at TalkTalk cover various areas of the business including customer relations, communications, technology, and administration.

There is the potential to move into different departments afterwards.

TalkTalk will be selecting the applicants with the help of The Prince's Trust, a charity which supports young people with workplace training.

All placements will be paid the real living wage for 25 hours a week.

Daniel Kasmir, Chief People Officer at TalkTalk, said: “We know that the North West has faced some difficult times over the last year, with many young people experiencing unemployment and job losses as a result of the pandemic.

“Thanks to the Kickstart Scheme, we’re able to provide some much-needed opportunities for young people in our area to gain real-life work experience, learn new and transferable skills, and workshop their CVs so they can secure a fantastic job in the future, be it with us, or elsewhere.

“Both TalkTalk and our Kickstart placements will benefit from this great scheme. We welcome fresh blood and new ideas – something a tech company like ours cannot do without.”