Liam, 21, from Wigan, graduated from university in 2020 with a History and Politics degree to a tumultuous job market.

“It was very scary at the time, you feel like you’ve jumped one hurdle by getting through University, then suddenly you’ve got to figure out how to get on the career ladder.

“I applied for some graduate schemes and worked in a warehouse job for a while, which did get tedious. The pandemic made finding work hard, most entry levels job in Wigan are normally in retail or sales, which were shut.

I found out about the Kickstart Health and Safety role at Wigan Wrightington and Leigh Hospital Trust through the job centre. What drew me to it was that it wasn’t just a job, you’re gaining skills because it’s a six-month Kickstart placement that develops you.

“Before starting the administrative role, I got to meet all the other people doing Kickstart on The Prince’s Trust Course: Get Into Health and Social Care – Pre Kickstart WWL (Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Hospital Trust), which made the first week easier. None of us had worked for the NHS before so going straight into the role without an induction would have been difficult.

“We covered lots of things with The Prince’s Trust, but one that sticks out is confidence. A lot of people hold themselves back with their mindsets. We also learnt about NHS values and behaviour.

“One of the best parts of the Health and Safety job is the variety. I’ve helped deliver training courses for staffs dealing with hazardous substances, and a few weeks ago was doing mask fitting tests with nurses. It’s everything I’d want for an entry level job to build my CV and gain some experience and skills doing administrative work in an office.

“I have long term goals to work for the civil service, so I thought what better way to build up experience than in a public sector organisation like the NHS. I definitely feel more positive about the future.”