BURTON Albion Community Trust is joining an EFL initiative to give 500 young people a work opportunity as part of the Kickstart scheme.

A total of 65 EFL clubs have signed up to be involved, offering six-month work placement jobs roles to young people aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit – with the aim to give young people the opportunity to build their skills in the workplace and to gain experience to improve their chances of finding long-term work.

Vacancies at clubs and their charitable arms will include business admin, sports coaches, marketing, ground staff, finance, youth work, graphic design, film and photography and HR and data administration roles.about:blank

BACT Head of Community Matt Hancock said: “The pandemic has had a major impact on jobs and work opportunities, especially for young people who are struggling to get a foothold in employment.

“This scheme provides an opportunity for young people to get involved with their local football club and BACT is delighted to be taking part.

“We look forward to welcoming the first participants to Burton Albion.”

Kickstart gives young people the opportunity they need to get their foot on the ladder and a foothold in the world of work. Nationally, the scheme has already created more than 38,000 vacancies across the UK and received over 4,000 applications from employers. Tens of thousands more jobs are expected in the coming months.

The scheme targets young people who have been hit especially hard by Coronavirus and Kickstart focuses on giving them the best possible chance of getting a job.

Under the scheme, the EFL Trust, the charitable arm of the EF, will be acting as a gateway provider, bringing together a network of football clubs, community organisations and other partners, to provide a wealth of opportunities across the country for the out-of-work youngsters.