TalkTalk unveils new recruitment drive for 179 roles at graduation event

Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett addresses the event
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Salford-based communications group TalkTalk is to create 179 jobs, it announced this afternoon (September 23).

The connectivity provider hosted a Kickstart Scheme graduation event on at its Soapworks HQ, celebrating the first wave of young people completing their six-month placement through the Government programme.

It also announced it has 123 vacancies across the business, and an additional 56 new Kickstart roles.

Almost 50 young people have been welcomed into the business on Kickstart placements so far, thanks to the DWP initiative that was announced last year.

It aims to deliver unique opportunities for young people and provides funding for employers of all sizes to create six-month placements for 16-24-year-olds in receipt of Universal Credit.

Thirty of these Kickstarters have found permanent roles – 23 within the business and seven externally – as a result of their placement.

TalkTalk’s latest announcement means it will have created more than 100 roles through the Kickstart Scheme.

The 56 new roles are now recruiting. Many of the other 123 jobs are at the company’s Salford base, covering marketing, tech, product, commercial, customer service and other functions.

Daniel Kasmir, chief people and procurement officer at TalkTalk, said: “The last 18 months have been hard on us all, especially young people, and the Kickstart Scheme has enabled us to deliver opportunities that can really change lives.

Paul Dennett, centre, and Daniel Kasmir, far right

“We’ve been able to welcome local, young talent into the business to gain valuable industry experience. And we’re delighted that, already, 23 of those on placements have secured a permanent, full-time job with us – and seven at other companies.”

Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, said: “TalkTalk is working with a whole range of different partners – Salford Council, job centres and others – and are actively engaging with the Kickstart Scheme to deliver opportunities for local, young people.

“These young people are the future of Salford and Greater Manchester. Today is a celebration of them and it’s amazing to hear about what they’ve learned through this scheme and at TalkTalk.”

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