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The Like Me CIC


Providing the support needed to learn and grow


Two Community Interest Companies in Bedfordshire have joined forces to develop a six-month programme designed to help those on the Government’s Kickstart work placement scheme. T e Like Me CIC specialises in empowering and inspiring the


development of confi dence in vulnerable women and girls, helping them to transform their lives. Now, the Like Me CIC has declared its support for the Kickstart scheme, and has entered into a partnership with the Shine Learning and Training Centre in Luton to off er the Kickstart Hire Me Programme. T e Kickstart scheme provides funding to create new job placements


for 16 to 24-year-olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long-term unemployment. Employers of all sizes can apply for funding, which covers the National Minimum Wage (or National Living Wage) for 25 hours per week for six months. In return, the employer has to provide work experience and future employability support to the young person.


T e Like Me CIC’s Kickstart Hire Me programme


is designed to support the continual development of those on work placement. T rough providing live virtual content and online material, the programme aims to help each young person develop their ability to become a better employee. In providing that support, the programme takes some of the pressure off the employer to support the development of those employability skills. Shine Learning and Training CIC can offer


practical courses including First Aid, Fire Awareness, Mental Health Awareness, Health and Safety and Manual Handling; while T e Like Me CIC can work with young people on areas such as confidence building, equality and inclusion awareness, CV writing and job application skills, teamworking and communications skills. Jasmine Mbye, founder of The Like Me CIC,


explained: “I was very excited by the idea of the Government’s Kickstart scheme. I’ve always had an interest in employability and empowering women and girls to improve their personal development


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