Young people given chance for paid work placement

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A HOUSING association is setting up a scheme to create new employment opportunities for young jobseekers.

AmicusHorizon, which manages large proportions of accommodation in Hastings and St Leonards, will be offering 20 young people, aged 18 to 24, the chance to undertake a six-month paid work placement.

This will cover a number of roles including customer service, administration, and project support.

The roles will be available at AmicusHorizon’s offices in London, Surrey, Sussex and Kent.

As the programme is still in its initial stages it is unknown how many local placements will be on offer when the scheme comes about in July.

The scheme is part of the national Give us a chance consortium’s initiative to help young people into work.

William Miller, AmicusHorizon’s community development director, said: “We’re delighted to work with the ‘Give us a chance’ consortium. Together we can tackle youth unemployment and make a real difference to the lives of young people in our communities.”

Kate Shone, chairman of the Give us a chance consortium, said: “The impact of the economic downturn on young people is a big concern for us.

“This vital scheme will help young people avoid the benefit trap and give them a chance to get their foot on the employment ladder.”

The new youth employment programme follows the success last year’s Future Jobs Fund, which offered 36 young people training and work experience opportunities, with 17 going on to secure full-time posts.