M&S Leeds relaunches work experience programme for young people - here's how to apply
M&S stores in West Yorkshire have relaunched a work experience programme to help young people onto the career ladder.
The Kickstart programme, run in partnership with The Prince’s Trust, is now taking applications for the next cohort of young people aged 16-24.
More than 1,000 applicants came forward across the UK for the scheme's first intake in April, with 171 placements awarded.
The second cohort will see 189 placements offered at 72 M&S stores, including nine across M&S Leeds, M&S Bradford Westfield and M&S Halifax.
Successful applicants will take up the role in July.
They will join the M&S stores as trainee customer assistants for the six-month placements rotating across food halls, backstage operations, hospitality and clothing and home departments.
As well as gaining retail experience, the young people will have the chance to develop their communication and digital skills and confidence in the workplace - equipping them with key tools to support a future career.
Following the Kickstart placements, M&S will encourage the young people to apply for permanent opportunities where they are available across its stores.
Umay Nadeem, who was accepted onto the Kickstart programme at M&S Pudsey in April, said: “My Kickstart experience with M&S has helped me value my skills and myself and taught me that the essence of success is motivation.
"The motivation of my colleagues at M&S is contagious and I am proud to say that I have been a part of this scheme.
"I have learned so much from my colleagues in store, who have been incredibly helpful and supportive throughout.
"They have made this an enjoyable and valuable experience, and I will have a lot to offer the working world when my training is complete."
M&S Leeds store manager, Alex Nicholson, added: "We are delighted to be involved in the Kickstart programme to support young people gain valuable experience to further build employability and life skills longer term.
"While the last twelve months have been particularly challenging for young people in particular, we look forward to welcoming our first cohort to our team in July and supporting them on their career journey.”
Applications for the July cohort are now open at Jobcentre Plus locations across the UK.
Book an appointment at your nearest Jobcentre here.
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