Amy, 19, from Cumbria, finished sixth form in the middle of the pandemic, a challenging time to start job hunting.

“When I was looking for work a lot of sectors were shut, and when I did see jobs the employers’ wanted lots of experience, which I didn’t have. I did have a Saturday job doing administrative work in an Opticians, but I was furloughed from that.

“I went on universal credit, and in January 2021 my work coach told me about the opportunity to do a Kickstart placement.”

Kickstart offers 16 to 24 year-olds a six-month paid job with an employer, funded by the Government, to help them gain experience and build their skills. Amy interviewed successfully for a Kickstart role with KBR, a company that delivers science, technology and engineering solutions to governments and companies around the world.

“I’m a resource and talent intern at KBR, so a lot of my work is administrative. It’s an interesting place to work, there’s always something to be getting on with and my team are very friendly. The saying “you learn something new every day” definitely applies to my job!”

It’s really nice to be in a routine with work after lockdown. I also do employability sessions with The Prince’s Trust, which are designed to help us start a new job. I struggled with confidence when I first started at KBR, so that’s something I’ve worked with in one-on-one and group sessions with The Prince’s Trust.

“My confidence has definitely increased now, I’m much more comfortable speaking to people and in meetings and feel settled in at KBR. I’d recommend Kickstart to other young people looking for job opportunities.”