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Kickstart Case Study: From graduation to employment

 In April 2021, Jake commenced a Website Administrator Kickstart placement at Board in Brum based in Walsall. Prior to starting the placement, Jake graduated from university in 2020, mid pandemic. Due to lockdown restrictions, job opportunities for Jake were limited. However, after talking to his Work Coach at the local Job Centre, they informed him of the Kickstart opportunity at Board in Brum through Steps To Work.

Steps To Work received Jake’s CV which demonstrated his interest in Computer science and website management. Jake received a friendly call from Steps to Work, who discuss the role in more detail, explaining the role responsibilities, working times, hours and pay. Jake’s CV was then forward to the manager at Board in Brum. After a formal interview, Jake was offered the Website Administrator Kickstart placement.

In October, Jake has completed his 6-month Kickstart placement, applying his academic knowledge and gaining experience of website management for Table Top gaming company.  The Kickstart placement has developed Jakes confidence, motivation and experience.

Within the Kickstart placement, Jake also received employability support from Steps to Work. Sessions included, CV and Cover letter writing, Interview tips and techniques and access to the Kickstart Portal for additional 24 hour support.

We are pleased to announce that Jake has been offered a full-time position as a Website Manager at Board in Brum. We are thrilled for Jake and wish him all the best for his future at Board in Brum.

Here is what Jake says about his experience:

“I found the Kickstart scheme to be very helpful in securing a role for a job, that was in the field I had got my degree in, but not necessarily one that I would have normally gone for. Having Emily as a consistent contact throughout the placement meant that I always knew there was somebody outside of the job role I could ask for actionable advice when needed. The Kickstart experience as a whole was an informative, helpful and beneficial time that was an integral part in me landing a long-term role.”

Simon, Jake’s Manager at Board in Brum praised Jake for being a good team player and willing to push himself when needed. 

About Kickstart Scheme:

Steps To Work are an official Gateway for the Kickstart Scheme, helping local employers access Government funding to create job placements for young people.

Launched by the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP), the Kickstart Scheme is a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high-quality 6-month work placements for young people aged 16 to 24. The Scheme will play employers 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours per week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and minimum automatic enrolment contributions.