Kickstart opens new doors to business world for Jamie

Enterprising Jamie Maddox has his sights set on a successful business career after making a flying start at Telford & Wrekin Council through the Government’s Kickstart programme.

Kickstart opens new doors to business world for Jamie

The 24-year-old works in the council’s Education and Skills team as an Administration Assistant, playing a key role in data support.

Jamie, of Kynnersley, is nearing the end of the six month government scheme - an initiative launched in 2020 which provides funding to create jobs for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment.

Jamie’s confidence has soared since he signed up for the programme and he now has a Business Administration apprenticeship lined up with the council which he is due to start later this year.

He believes the Kickstart programme has helped to focus him on a future career as well as developing his skills.

Jamie said: “Since leaving school I’d done a few different jobs and work placements but I still wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do.

“I applied for an apprenticeship a year or so ago and due to the Covid-19 pandemic I had to put it back.

“When the Kickstart opportunity came along with the council I decided to give it a go. 

“I’m so glad I did because it has given me a really valuable insight into business, how the council operates and a much better idea of the direction I want to go in next.”

Through Kickstart Jamie has been learning more about data support and data entry, he has supported the council’s Job Box team and has also built relationships with colleagues across the council.

Jamie has received support and advice from the council’s Job Box programme before and during his Kickstart programme.

Jamie said: “Help has always been there if I’ve needed it and the Job Box team have been supportive all the way through Kickstart, whether it’s just general advice or face-to-face support you need, there’s always someone available to speak to.

“I didn’t have a lot of belief in my own capabilities but Kickstart has given me a taste of working in a professional team and it has improved my customer service skills.

“It has almost been like doing a short, taster apprenticeship and moving on to the full apprenticeship will enable me to develop my skills further in an area I’m familiar with so I’m looking forward to that.

“My advice to young people who are looking for new work, a fresh opportunity or want to give their career a kick-start is to go for it – this programme has been the perfect fit for me.”

Councillor Shirley Reynolds, Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Young People, Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “Our Job Box team have played a key role in helping drive forward the Government’s Kickstart programme and helping young people get back on track.

“It’s really pleasing to see Jamie embracing the programme and learning new business skills along the way at Telford & Wrekin Council which is ideal preparation for his apprenticeship and future career.”

Jackie Noble, Team Leader Data Manager at Telford & Wrekin Council, said: “Jamie has been an asset to the data support team. He pays attention and learns very quickly and he is always keen to learn.   

“All tasks he’s worked on in Data Support have been completed fully, in good time and to a high level of accuracy.”  

Find out more about the Kickstart programme here.