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Council's waste awareness team get a kickstart

Image of Lydia and the waste awareness van

18 October 2021

Image of Lydia and the waste awareness vanPowys County Council's waste and recycling service is helping tackle youth unemployment by recruiting a new waste awareness assistant through the UK Government funded Kickstart Scheme.

Lydia, 22 from Llandrindod Wells, will be working alongside the rest of the waste awareness and enforcement team to promote recycling, raise awareness of local environmental issues, such as littering, and help support the delivery of Caru Cymru initiatives.

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers, such as Powys County Council, to create new jobs for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment. The six-month placements are designed to help long term young unemployed get valuable work experience and increase their confidence in the workplace.

Cllr Heulwen Hulme, Cabinet Member for Waste and Recycling says, "Young people are bearing the brunt of the current unemployment crisis, with the under-25s accounting for three in five jobs lost across the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic.

"That is why we are so pleased to be able to support our local young people and create opportunities for them here in Powys. An extra pair of hands is also really helpful at a time when there is additional pressure and limited resources on public services.

"The council have worked alongside the Job Centre and local training provider, Cambrian Training, to create opportunities across the council for young people in Powys and Lydia is the second Kickstart placement to start with the council, following employment of an admin assistant in adult social services, and we hope we will welcome more young people to the workforce in the future."

Lydia is settling in well to her new role, and says, "Trying to find a job during the pandemic has been hard. I'm really excited to join the council's waste awareness team and aim to gain as much experience and training as I can in the next six months. This is just the opportunity I needed to get my foot firmly on the career ladder."

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