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Jasmine Mbye Founder of The Like Me CIC –


Emma Hall Marketing Offi cer at The Like Me CIC –


Bethany Daly Business Admin Offi cer at The Like Me CIC


and confi dence, so it was defi nitely something I wanted to be involved in. “We teamed up with Shine because that way we


feel like we can off er the whole package and take the employability development away from employers, leaving them to provide work experience and let young people actually fi nd out what the world of work is like, and develop new skills, while we help them with all the rest. T e funding the employer receives from the government can be used to engage the Kickstart Help Me Programme, so it comes as no additional cost to the business off ering the Kickstart placement.” T e Like Me CIC team includes Bethany Daly and Emma Hall, who both benefited from the Kickstart scheme. Bethany put her increased confi dence and new skills down to the opportunities it gave her, while Emma said: “T e Kickstart Scheme is great for getting relevant experience in a sector you are passionate about. I enjoy the daily tasks that increase in challenge and quantity. T e variety of skill building and teamwork work well together to benefi t both the young person and company. “The Kickstart scheme provides great


opportunity to learn and grow as a person and professional while benefi ting the business with their aims and objectives.” Other than its annual conference, which this


year will be held in June and has as its theme Rising From T e Ashes, T e Like Me CIC runs courses in wellbeing, self-development and empowerment, as well as guest speaker events and workshops. Typically, those turning to The Like Me CIC, which runs courses for women and girls, have low self-worth and may have endured abuse, bullying, exploitation, family confl ict and violence and common health disorders such as anxiety, depression and stress. “I’m passionate about empowering women


and girls and helping them celebrate and achieve their goals and so being able to be involved in the Kickstart scheme is the perfect fi t,” said Jasmine. “Getting into the world of work isn’t easy, and you don’t know what to expect. I can remember facing issues with a senior member of the team when I was in my fi rst job and I didn’t know how to react. It made me unhappy, but I was naïve and probably just thought that’s what workplaces were like. It took my father to explain to me that if you’re not happy, get out. I’d had a bad experience, with without someone like my dad to tell me that, I wouldn’t have known. Young people need a chance to learn and gain experience so they can develop themselves and increase their chances of doing something that they are truly passionate about.”


Employers who want to fi nd out more about the Kickstart Help Me Programme can contact The Like Me CIC through the website www.thelikemecic.org.uk or email hello@thelikemecic.org.uk


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