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Twin Group’s participation in the Kickstart scheme is enabling Shannon Sackey to capitalise on her hard-earned degree in business studies with HR management after the group recruited her as a trainee HR administrator.


“After graduating in 2019, I found a short term role as a merchandise assistant,” recalled Shannon, who is 24 and lives in Ilford. “It was good to be employed, but I wanted to gain experience in HR, which is a sector that demands you remain up-to-date with new legislation.


“I had been looking for work for nearly a year, and then the Kickstart programme was recommended to me. I thoroughly prepared for the interview, and although I was feeling nervous, I was offered a place with the Twin HR department. I was delighted.”


Kickstart is accessed via Jobcentre Plus work coaches and offers previously unavailable jobs to people aged 16 to 24.

 An important strength of the learning journey with Kickstart is a dedicated learning plan, offering one-to-one advice, online training and career guidance.

Part of Shannon’s role involves organising company well-being events and checking documentation for applicants joining the National Citizen Service, the UK’s leading youth empowerment programme run regionally by Twin.

 “For the first time, I feel that I am gaining valuable HR insights that will help me in my career,” said Shannon. “I would certainly recommend Kickstart for the opportunities it offers to gain a real understanding of a working environment. One of its key strengths is that the programme strives to align you with what you want to achieve in the future.”