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A Kickstarters' story

March 26, 2021
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Merton Chamber

Sophie has been working with ARCHI Maps as part of the Kickstart Scheme for almost a month now. Here she shares her experiences, on what the scheme, and ARCHI, have offered her. It is an inspiring story, and one that we hope many other employers would be willing to sign up to, to help Take One (or more) young person to help them as they begin their career.

"I began my Kickstart Scheme with ARCHI Maps UK on 1st March 2021 and my experience has been nothing short of amazing.

I have learnt so much and gained so many important experiences in the short time I have been working with Chris (Kutler), my manager, and the rest of the ARCHI team. With many aspects of my role being fairly new to me, there have been occasions where I have needed some more help. Chris has so helpful and understanding, there has not been a moment where I feel uncomfortable asking a question, which has been such a help in the first weeks of my role. I would recommend the scheme to any young person who is searching for their first full-time role. I really feel the skills and experiences I gain during my time with ARCHI Maps UK will give me the perfect foundation for my future career. The Kickstart Scheme gave me that opportunity at a time when I was losing hope of finding one, I cannot recommend it enough."

Also, new to ARCHI, on the Kickstart Scheme is Connor.

"Kickstart has been a great help in getting me a job that interests me and will push me to learn new skills. My new boss is super friendly has made it clear that he will help share his knowledge and skillset. The hardest part of a new career is getting started and the chance will drive me to grow both personally and professionally going forward."

Connor, who is a Kickstarter with ARCHI

And here is what Chris Kutler, MD at ARCHI has to say about the Kickstart Scheme:

"Merton Chamber of Commerce have been absolutely fantastic with their help and support enabling me to access the opportunities offered by the Kickstart scheme.

Through Kickstart, I have been able to put to use the talents of two highly-motivated and resourceful young people, Connor and Sophie. Within just a few weeks Connor had already created new datasets for my ARCHI UK website. His work so far will significantly increase traffic to my website and it is anticipated that this will eventually generate additional revenue for the business.

Likewise, within just a few short weeks Sophie found potential new audiences for my business and has already started to follow up on the leads she has identified. Again, even at this very early stage I am optimistic that her contribution will convert to real business opportunities. This is especially important in the digital age and I am so pleased that I followed up on the Kickstart scheme when encouraged to do so by the Department of Work and Pensions. For me personally, it is a pleasure to pass on the knowledge and skills I have acquired over the past 25 years working in the field of digital products. It is also a real bonus that my business, together with the Kickstart scheme, may well make a valid contribution towards the UK's emerging digital economy."

If you would like to offer a young person a chance, please get in touch and email us at kickstart@mertonchamber.co.uk

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