Salford Job Match is a new initiative developed from the council’s involvement in the recent Kickstart scheme. Kickstart was a government initiative which helped employers to create high-quality paid placements for unemployed 16 to 24-year-olds.
Kickstart has proven to be a particularly effective approach in helping employers identify, recruit, and develop young people’s experience and skills for future opportunities, either directly or as a bridge into paid employment and apprenticeships elsewhere.
Building on this success, Salford Job Match aims to support unemployed Salford young people aged 16–24 with a paid work placement linked to a longer-term quality job role.
Employers are invited to identify a job vacancy and agree to recruit to the position by using Salford Job Match. This will involve providing the young person with a paid work placement directly linked to the role.
Funded by Salford City Council, the employer will employ, pay, and support a young person with a work placement for up to four months. The duration and hours are flexible, usually between 16 to 25 hours per week, and all work placements will be paid at the National Living Wage, currently £9.50 per hour.
During the work placement period, young people participating will have the opportunity to demonstrate their suitability for the role, and subject to meeting agreed employer expectations will be offered employment at the end of the work placement.
On the job training and support will be made available to young people to ensure they have every chance of meeting employer expectations.
Work placements will reflect employer needs, but we expect to have range of placements available in areas such as:
To be eligible for Salford Job Match you must be unemployed and a Salford resident aged 16 to 24 years old and actively receiving support from one or more of the following organisations:
If you meet the eligibility criteria and are currently being supported by one or more of the above organisations, then they will talk to you about Salford Job Match and the types of work placements available and discuss whether it’s the right move for you.
Following which they will apply for a placement on your behalf and you will be considered for an opportunity in your preferred placement area.