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Saeed’s gaining valuable insights


Saeed Yaslem is hoping his research work with Twin Group will not only help the company’s future business planning but will act as a catalyst for his own career plans.


Twin selected 23-year-old Saeed to join the Kickstart programme in April. Now he’s working alongside the Business Development Team at their head office in Greenwich.


Kickstart provides funding to create new jobs for 16 to 24-year-olds on Universal Credit, who risk a future of long term unemployment.


“I am very excited! Working in this team is a great opportunity to learn new skills and gain valuable experience,” said Saeed, who graduated with a degree in Business Project Management.


He added: “I undertake research and compile figures and data that are included in bids for new contracts. I was recently looking at unemployment rates, the skill sets of certain groups, and background information on several catchment areas.”


The Kickstart learning journey with Twin offers candidates a comprehensive wrap-around service, supporting them to acquire new employability skills and expertise.


A Twin advisor supports each participant, and a personalised learning plan directs their development. Completing online employability modules also helps develop key skills.


“Everyone has been so welcoming,” explained Saeed. “I had wrongly assumed that I might be on the sidelines during my Kickstart placement, but I really feel my contributions are valued. My manager trusts me to deliver a good job.”


Saeed, who lives with his family in Islington, hopes that his Twin experience will help him find a career as an analyst – a vital element in all business development planning.


“I know that being on Kickstart is going to help me in my future employment,” he commented. “Twin is such a welcoming place. I feel far more confident in what I’m doing now and will achieve in the future.”