TalkTalk is set to take on 60 new employees through the Government’s Kickstart Scheme after the initial near 50-strong cohort led to a new hire.
The Kickstart scheme, launched last year by the UK Government, provides funding for employers to create six-month work placements for 16- to 24-year-olds in receipt of Universal Credit.
The Salford-based company’s move follows the success of the first intake of ‘Kickstarters’ earlier this year, which enabled the firm to create opportunities for almost 50 young people.
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Sophie Eccleston, 24, from Eccles has now joined TalkTalk as part of the first Kickstart integration.
Through the scheme, she secured a support role in the Enterprise Operations team. Just weeks into her placement, she was offered a full-time role and became a permanent member of the team.
Her new role is a delivery co-ordinator in the data solutions team.
She said: “I am profoundly grateful for the Kickstart Scheme and for the opportunity I have been given at TalkTalk.
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“It has really boosted my confidence – and thanks to the support I have been given, I was able to secure a long-term position in just a few weeks.
“Every single day I am facing fresh challenges and learning new skills at TalkTalk and I am proud of myself for stepping outside of my comfort zone.
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“TalkTalk is a major company and a brilliant employer. I am surrounded by a lovely team who have provided an amazing springboard to take my career forward. I would encourage anyone considering joining the Kickstart scheme to do so immediately – you won’t look back.”
Daniel Kasmir, chief people and procurement officer at TalkTalk, added: “Having impressed from the start, we are so pleased to welcome Sophie to TalkTalk on a permanent basis. She is dedicated, hard-working and demonstrates the values we hold close as a business.
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“The Kickstart scheme has provided a major opportunity for young people to embark on new careers, learn skills and integrate into businesses during unprecedented times.”