A Sheffield road overhaul scheme is aiming to tackle unemployment by offering work experience sessions with its team.
Sheffield Council’s Streets Ahead project, which works on resurfacing and upgrading roads and pavements, has teamed up with Jobcentre Plus to help young people who have struggled to find work.
The scheme offers young jobseekers two to eight weeks of experience with local employers – and four of the eight who have worked with Amey as litter pickers have now been awarded six-month contracts.
Daniel Kirland, aged 24, said: “I was out of work for four years. There was nothing going, no jobs about, then this came up and I am hoping to get a full-time job out of it.
“It is not an easy job because everyone drops litter.
“You have to go out there and really want to make a difference, making the town cleaner.”
Steve Robinson, the council’s head of highway maintenance, said: “We’re delighted to be working with our Streets Ahead contractor Amey in helping young people across Sheffield find a job in these difficult times.
“It is a key priority for the council to support as many young people as possible.”