This week, as part of our Meet Our Kickstarters series, we caught up with Employment Academy Administrator, Lydia, who has joined our Operations team for the next 6 months.

She walks us through her first 3 weeks in the role, and how she finally feels like she’s joined a team that fits her moral values.

What do you like most about what you do? 

Having the ability to work and learn from a team who are making an active difference to people’s lives. It’s amazing to learn about our previous graduates’ successes; to have the chance to meet them and hear firsthand how the employment programme has put them on the right path. I am looking forward to watching the participants on the upcoming program succeed and grow, with the knowledge that I have played a part in that.

What new skills have you acquired?

After observing two workshops on the recruitment days, I ran the workshop activity for the participants on the last day! I have never run a workshop before, so it was a massive boost to my confidence. I am currently working on a City and Guilds project with the Employment Academy’s Director of Impact, Ceri.

What’s your favourite thing about working for the House?

I’ve never worked with a group of people that I feel like I can relate to as much as I can here! I feel like I fit in and everybody seems to share the same morals and values as myself. Everyone is so friendly and, despite being here only three weeks, I feel like I’ve been here ages! I am definitely in the right place. The House itself and its history is so interesting. There is so much to learn. Most importantly, I value the opportunities that the House gives to better other’s lives.

The 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. 

Find out more – here.