What is it like to be a Kickstart Employer?

What is it like to be a Kickstart Employer?


Today we will be sharing some feedback from one of our employers on the Kickstart Programme.

Selby District AVS are a registered charity that provides advice, support and information to enable Voluntary and Community Sector groups in Selby District to develop and thrive. They have offered 12 opportunities through the Kickstart programme.

We asked them…

How are you finding being an employer on the Kickstart Programme?

“The relationship between Better Connect, Work Coaches at the Job Centre and our organisation has been really positive, ensuring that we can provide the best employer experience we can.”


What has it been like to bring a young person into your organisation?

“We pride ourselves on being a welcoming, inclusive, and dynamic organisation and it’s been great to bring in new perspectives and ideas.”


What has been enjoyable about bringing a young person into your organisation?

“It’s exciting sharing the work of the community and voluntary sector with a young person, who may have had little experience of what goes on in an organisation like ours. It’s our opportunity to encourage young people to think of a career in this sector in the future.”



Have you learnt any lessons as an employer?

“Our organisation doesn’t tend to take on employees at the start of their career and therefore we have had to make adjustments in recognition that our Kick Start employees have little formal work experience to date. We can all remember the challenges of our first job, so it’s been important for us provide clear work schedules, task breakdowns and regular catch-up meetings with line managers.”


Thank you to Selby District AVS for the support you are offering young people through the Kickstart Programme. We will be sharing feedback from other employers over the next few months!

If you are interested in getting involved and offering an opportunity through the programme, please get in touch with us or find out more on our Kickstart page

Go To Our Kickstart Project Page

Hannah Prole

Post by Hannah Prole

Engagement Manager

Hannah is our Engagement Manager at Better Connect. Her role is to create engagement and connection with people in many different ways such as through social media, our website, networking, events and presentations. Hannah is passionate about creating positive environments that people feel safe to be themselves in, especially at work. She loves building strong relationships with partners, meeting new people and really getting to know why people are the way they are and why they do what they do!

Hannah loves being creative and getting into ‘flow’ with her work. She loves making things and being involved in the creative process. Hannah loves working for Better Connect because she gets to have variety in her role and appreciates the positive culture and focus on wellbeing.

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