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Trafford Housing Trust has welcomed seven new young people to its teams as part of the Government’s Kickstart scheme, which helps create quality job opportunities for the 16 to 24 year olds most at risk of long-term unemployment.

The £2 billion scheme aims to create more than 250,000 placements UK-wide, and provides each participant with a minimum of 25 hours paid work per week for at least six months.

Some of the roles being taken on by young workers at Trafford Housing Trust include project support officers, HR assistants, plumbers, joiners, and customer and mechanical support providers.

Isobel Hollings started her new role as Community Project Support Officer at Trafford Housing Trust recently, and she said: “I am really enjoying the placement so far and it has been surprisingly easy to settle in. I’m finding the job really interesting and it’s great to find out about an area of work I didn’t know existed.

“This is my first role since leaving college in June last year during the pandemic, and I hope that this placement will help me to gain confidence in the work place and find what other jobs are out there that will help me to discover my strengths.”

Larry Gold, Chief Executive of Trafford Housing Trust, said: “Young people have been amongst the most impacted by the lack of employment opportunities that have arisen as a result of the pandemic, so schemes like this are vital to helping them back in to work.  Trafford Housing Trust is committed to investing into the lives of young people in our communities, and we hope that by providing practical, paid experience they will continue to gain employment.”