Tameside nursery group Kids Zone Nurseries has been given government approval to provide 16 to 24-year-olds with essential employment skills as part of the national Kickstart scheme.
The scheme aims to provide opportunities to young people, who otherwise would be unemployed due to the coronavirus pandemic, build essential skills for employment and life.
Kids Zone nurseries has seven child care centres within Tameside and Bury and will be offering 32 work placements to eligible participants for six months.
After the six month period has ended there are apprenticeship opportunities available for those wishing to pursue a rewarding career within childcare.
Kids Zone Nurseries aims to facilitate training and development tailored to the needs of young people, giving them the best opportunities and the best chance of sustaining long term employment.
The new £2 billion scheme aims to help young people, aged 16-24, who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment, secure a six month paid work placement that could lead to apprenticeship or job opportunities in the future.
By undertaking the scheme, a young person who may be at risk of long term unemployment, Kickstart will give them best start and help they need.
Young people will be referred into the new roles through their Jobcentre Plus work coach.
The government has announced that the Kickstart scheme will initially be open until December 2021, but there is the option for it to be extended.
Kids Zone director Carole Melia.