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Yesterday, GTG Wolverhampton received a special visit from the Chancellor Rishi Sunak as part of his tour marking the one-year anniversary of the 'Plan for Jobs' programme. 

Chancellor Rishi Sunak at GTG Wolverhampton

Last year, the government launched the ‘Plan for Jobs’ programme to protect, support and create jobs across the UK through programmes like the Kickstart Scheme.

The Kickstart Scheme has been designed to prevent huge numbers of young people from becoming stuck in a rut of unemployment. Here at GTG, we recognised that, with our cutting-edge training facilities and high-quality training, we could help young people get the skills and work experience they need to secure long-term employment.

GTG Group Commercial Operations Manager, Pauline Marshall said, “After a challenging year, we launched our Kickstart Scheme because we wanted to use our facilities, experience and skills to help young unemployed adults improve their chances of finding long-term work. Our aim has always been to invest in the future workforce; to help people learn the skills they need to enjoy successful careers in the automotive, transport and health and safety industries. We’re always thinking of new and innovative ways to meet the needs of our apprentices, clients, delegates and staff, and we hope to continue this success in the future.”

During the six-month programme, GTG provides Business Support Assistants with training to equip them with all the different skills they need for the role. The training offered by GTG goes beyond job- specific skills, as we want to empower people with important lifelong skills, like CV writing and time management, that will help them throughout their careers. 

Lashawna who has just started the Kickstart Scheme as a Business Support Assistant said, ‘Due to COVID-19 I was unsure if I was going to be able to get a job, but the Kickstart Scheme really helped point me in the right direction. Getting this job means I have the opportunity to work alongside great members of staff who really support me. Through the programme, I will be able to develop my skills. I’m really looking forward to upskilling my English and Maths to a level 2 and doing fire warden training.”