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DWP Kickstart Scheme Month 3

Harry Swayne

This past month has absolutely flown by, which means it is time for the next blog about the DWP Kickstart Scheme! Let’s get started, shall we?

 

The Kickstart Scheme, that sounds familiar…

It should sound familiar by now! The Kickstart Scheme is a Government-mandated project aimed to get 16–24-year-olds, who are on Universal Credit, back into the workforce. You can find my first blog about the scheme here!

 

So how was the last month?

This last month has been great! I feel like I’m getting to grips with the tools and processes that Naturally Social use. And as I become more familiar with the work, the more I find myself enjoying doing it even more.

Oh, and I have been invited by MP, Michelle Donelan, to be a speaker at a Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) Event about the Kickstart Scheme! The event gives the DWP the chance to promote the Scheme and encourage businesses to get involved. I hope to be an asset in this regard, as this has been, and still is, a fantastic opportunity for me and I want others in my position to reap the same benefits I have.

Everyone at Naturally Social treats one another with kindness and respect, I am always learning new things from all of them, and they inspire me to keep giving my all for the work that I do

Why do you enjoy being on the Scheme?

To put it simply, the experience. Being able to gain the experience of an actual job is great for anyone, and for me trying to find that experience was so difficult. Especially during the lockdown period where those opportunities were few and far between. But in the end, I did get my chance and I am grateful for it! Every experience teaches me something, and I love learning about things I am not familiar with or re-learning the areas that I have not utilised in a while.

I also enjoy it because of the people I work with.

Everyone at Naturally Social treats one another with kindness and respect, I am always learning new things from all of them, and they inspire me to keep giving my all for the work that I do. I like being a part of the team and I want to keep proving that I can do the work.

Would you say you have been able to grow through this opportunity?

Absolutely! When I started back in April, all I had was my writing ability and some basic digital knowledge. I did not have a clue about the intricacies of a company based around social media. But now I believe my knowledge has increased. I’m able to incorporate and flourish my abilities as a writer, and I am more aware of how the company works as well.

I feel like I have been able to flourish more because of the environment I am in, and through the encouragement and support of those that I work with. They help me to better understand my role and the work I do, and they are always appreciating whenever I can help them out as well!

Any last thoughts?

I just want to say that I am grateful, I am grateful to my work coach who helped me find this opportunity for me and I am grateful to my employer who took me on. I am grateful to myself for staying resilient in the search for work and getting the confidence to make that initial application for this job.

When I write these blogs it’s not only to document my journey but for those who are unsure about whether they will get a job or not. Perseverance is key, keep believing in yourselves and you will get that job. And I hope that more businesses will open themselves up to taking on kickstarters!
If you’re interested in joining the kickstart scheme you can find more information about it here.

And that is that! I hope you have enjoyed reading this blog as much as I have enjoyed writing it! Please make sure to come back next month for part four! And if you missed last month’s blog I will leave it here for you.

Thanks for reading!

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