Leading traffic management company GTM has today announced a major commitment to the Government’s ‘Kickstart’ scheme. Kickstart aims to offer opportunities to young people at risk of long term unemployment. The company has set out ambitious plans as part of its Social Responsibility programme to attract and support young people into the business, including graduates, apprenticeships and Kickstart.

Through Kickstart, GTM will offer high quality six month work placements for young people aged 16 to 24 years who are deemed to be at risk of long-term unemployment.

GTM, together with sister business Network Plus, will be welcoming 34 new people into the business. Exciting roles will be available across 15 locations nationwide. They range from opportunities in traffic management, as well as water and power. Job roles are wide ranging and include activities such as traffic management support and work planning.

Due to successful long term contract awards, GTM and Network Plus has grown significantly in the last year. As a result of the growth young people joining the Kickstart programme will be offered opportunities in Preston, Bristol, Salford, West Midlands and East Midlands.

Applicants interested in joining the GTM Kickstart programme should complete an application through their local DWP Work Coach.

GTM will be working with Catch22 a charity and social business. Catch22 will help to administer and review potential applicants and manage the process on behalf of the company.

Noela Fitton, Head of Strategic Projects at Network Plus said: “We’ll be offering job placements to help young people develop the skills and experience they need to find work after completing the scheme. This includes support for long-term work, career advice and support with interviews. We’ll be giving them great basic skills they can use in any work situation in the future such as attendance, timekeeping and teamwork. We think Network Plus and GTM are great, fun places to work and we’re excited to welcome them.”