Helping young adults into the world of work

Guinness Care News Article - 9 August 2021
Helping young adults into the world of work

If you’re looking for a rewarding role in a growing industry, then the Kickstart Scheme at Guinness Care may be right for you.

One of the hallmarks of becoming a young adult is getting into the world of work, but finding a job you love is no easy feat these days, as 21-year old Ruth can testify.

Luckily, through the Kickstart Scheme, Ruth was able to find a 6-month paid placement at Guinness Care as a Recruitment Assistant. The Kickstart Scheme offers young adults aged 16-24 years and on Universal Credit, a chance to gain valuable experience in their chosen career with some of the country’s top employers.

Ruth has now been with Guinness for over two months, so we wanted to learn about her experiences so far and hear what advice she might have for other young adults who are thinking of applying for a role through the Kickstart Scheme.

Now that you’ve had a chance to settle in, can you tell us what it’s been like at Guinness Care so far?

So far it’s been great! Everyone has been super friendly and welcoming, and ready to help with any questions I have.

I have been working alongside Hannah, who is a Resourcing Officer, posting job adverts and getting to know the team.

I have also enjoyed my training and e-learning, and I’m understanding more about what our carers actually do in their day-to-day roles.

Before joining Guinness Care, what kind of difficulties have you had, particularly when job hunting?

I definitely believe the pandemic has created a lack of jobs for young people, with very few vacancies being available. I spent quite a few difficult weeks searching for a job I thought I’d be a good fit for, before I found the Recruitment Assistant vacancy. Then I was offered an interview at Guinness Care and everything went well from there!

What are you hoping to achieve during your time at Guinness?

I am hoping to become more confident overall, as well as gaining more experience within Human Resources to be able to understand the recruitment industry. I am also excited to learn how to conduct interviews as I have never done this before. Already I have gained more confidence in conducting calls and completing tasks to a specific time frame.

What advice would you give to other young adults considering employment through the Kickstart Scheme?

My advice for others considering a Kickstart Scheme is to go for it! I feel very positive about the next few months and I feel like I’m going to learn a lot about recruitment!

Kickstart will provide you with really useful skills and knowledge for future roles or may even lead to a permanent position within your company!

Applying to Guinness Care through Kickstart

If you’re aged between 18-24 years and on Universal Credit, you can apply for a 6-month placement at Guinness Care through Kickstart.

Above all, we are looking for young adults who want to develop a thriving career in the care industry in order to make a real difference to lives of others.

To apply: Talk to your Work Coach about Guinness Care.

If you’d like to chat with us about a placement at Guinness Care through Kickstart, get in touch!

Call: 01392 686390

Email: [email protected]

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