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Back to the time of the dinosaurs… as Jayden plans his career

“I am receiving an invaluable experience that is helping me to build up my ‘brand’ and learn how to better sell my skills to future employers.”


Visiting the top museums in London is all part of Jayden Halliday’s new role at Twin, as part of the Kickstart scheme – and he loves every minute of his learning journey around the world-beating exhibitions!


Twenty-three-year-old Jayden applied to Twin UK, an award-winning provider of people-centred services, to join them as part of their participation in the Kickstart scheme. The government-backed programme provides funding to create new jobs for 16 to 24-year-olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment.


Based at Twin’s head office in Greenwich, Jayden joined the scheme in May and is working and gaining experience as a Student Support Assistant in the Academic Student Services Department.


Jayden, who lives in Newham, graduated from Portsmouth University with a degree in International Relations and History in the summer of 2020. He had tried unsuccessfully to find employment and was eventually referred to Kickstart by his work coach at Canning Town Jobcentre Plus.


“I tried to find work, but it was so difficult in the middle of a pandemic,” said Jayden, who is helping to manage the Twin cohorts of overseas students visiting England to improve their language skills.


The Kickstart learning journey with Twin provides each candidate with a wrap-around service supporting them to obtain skills and knowledge for their chosen career. Each participant has an advisor and a personalised learning plan. The Kickstart scheme is fundamental to the development of key employability skills, career guidance, and planning for the next stage of their career.


“A key part of my work is to ensure that our students are well supported,” commented Jayden. “An element of their recreational time is spent visiting certain key places; I have been taking groups to the British Museum, the Science Museum and not forgetting the Natural History Museum. They love looking at the exhibitions, and I am learning quite a bit too. I am so enjoying my role.”


Jayden’s office-based responsibilities include initiating the induction process for each new student, completing safety assessments, and capturing feedback on their learning experience.


“Joining Twin has been fantastic,” added Jayden. “I am thankful for the Kickstart scheme that allows us the opportunity to learn new skills. And the employability modules that are available through the online learning portal are really informative. Every month there are one-to-one sessions to review your progress. There is also guidance on what to do when the six-month programme finishes.


“I am receiving an invaluable experience that is helping me to build up my ‘brand’ and learn how to better sell my skills to future employers.”


Twin manager Sarah Morse commented: “I am very happy to give this opportunity to a young person with so much potential and enthusiasm. I try to assign Jayden tasks that match his interests and will further develop his skill set. It is an absolute pleasure to have Jayden on board.”