KICKSTART YOUR CAREER
After being affected by the downturn in the Covid-19-ravaged job market, Salford resident Alexie Dean has been given a kickstart by Salix Homes to get his career back on track.
Alexie has spent the past six months working as our project assistant, supporting our business change project manager Steve Finbow, as part of the Kickstart scheme.
Like thousands of young people across the country, he felt the impact of the pandemic, both personally and professionally, and before joining Salix Homes, he had been unemployed for six months.
Kickstart is a £2 billion funded national scheme designed to create high-quality, six-month, paid work placements for unemployed young people, claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.
Name: Alexie Dean Role: Project Assistant Age: 25
What impact did the pandemic have on you before you joined the scheme?
It was tough for me to adapt from working every day and go from loads of socialising to nothing for months on end. It was quite a challenge.
What motivated you to sign up for the Kickstart scheme?
I was out of work and I had applied for about 100 jobs with no answers. It was a challenging time. When I heard about Kickstart, I thought it sounded like a really good opportunity. Salix Homes also sounded like a business I could get behind.
It was just at the right time, more than anything. I’d been struggling to find other roles and as soon as I spoke to Steve Finbow, the business change project manager, I knew this was the role for me.
"I WAS OUT OF WORK AND I HAD APPLIED FOR ABOUT 100 JOBS WITH NO ANSWERS. IT WAS A CHALLENGING TIME. WHEN I HEARD ABOUT KICKSTART, I THOUGHT IT SOUNDED LIKE A REALLY GOOD OPPORTUNITY."
MEET ALEXIE DEAN, PROJECT ASSISTANT
Tell us about your job and what is the best part about it?
I’m a project assistant and I support Steve by helping with doing reports, spreadsheets and organisation. It’s sort of keeping Steve in check, really!
There’s lots of positives about this role and the best part is the people. You come into the office and there’s lots of personalities and different kinds of people. There’s always daily banter, which is great.
A big highlight of the workplace itself is how you get on with people there. And it seems like everyone here are friends
How will you be using this experience to help you in your next role?
It really depends on the role. While not every business is going to need a project assistant, the one big thing I’ll take from this experience is the importance of being organised. Also the ability to plan your ideas out and make them make sense to everybody involved.
Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
Personally, I’d like to start my own business within the next five years, maybe even two years. Workwise I’d like to be in management or senior management.
Would you recommend Kickstart to someone who is considering signing up?
Absolutely, yes. The past twelve months have been quite challenging, with being out of work and no jobs going. I think anyone who is in that position should consider the Kickstart scheme.
It just helps you to get back into the work routine and to get your finances sorted again. I think everyone should go for it, if they’re in a position to do it.
ALEXIE HAS NOW BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN GAINING A FULL TIME POSITION AT SALIX HOMES IN OUR FINANCE TEAM AS OUR NEW PROCUREMENT OFFICER.