AMEY has revealed it is utilising the UK Government’s Kickstart programme by converting participants into full time apprenticeships.
Students who joined the scheme in 2021 have been given a range of permanent roles from carpenters to FM and catering assistants.
The programme aims to secure quality jobs for unemployed young people aged 16-24 for a minimum of 25 hours a week for six months. It works by providing participants with confidence, experience, and skills through on-the-job training.
Amey delivers facilities and estate management services to the Glasgow and Renfrewshire Schools Private Finance Initiative across an estate of 39 schools.
Lee Robertson, who was recently awarded a carpentry apprenticeship following six months on the Kickstart programme, said, “Earlier in the year my brother Kieran had secured a permanent caretaker role with a professional qualification at Amey, so I knew it was a fantastic organisation to be part of. Throughout the programme, I have increased my confidence levels and responsibilities week-on-week. From the start I showed my commitment and interest in progressing my career and I am over the moon that Amey recognised these ambitions.”
Stephanie Johnson, secure infrastructure HR director, added, “Lee has proved to be a real asset to our team, supporting the account by taking on additional responsibilities and going above and beyond in his day-to-day role. He is a real ‘shining star’ and has received nothing but praise from both his people manager and the client. Ensuring that Amey has a highly skilled and sustainable pipeline of talent is at the heart of our people agenda. The Kickstart programme has provided us with the ability to search out talent from hard-to-reach areas and work with them to develop their own abilities.”