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After joining the Tigers Trust team in March through the Kickstart Scheme, Olly Burdett has impressed in his role as Communications and Social Media Assistant. 
 
Olly found employment difficult after graduating in 2020 from Teesside University with a degree in Sport Journalism. 
 
He said: “The Kickstart role at Tigers Trust came at exactly the right time for me. 
 
“My confidence was as low as it had ever been and I was starting to consider job options away from what I had studied at university. 
 
“Three months on and I couldn’t be any happier, it’s a fantastic organisation to work for and I’m so proud to be a part of it.” 
 
Richard Dexter is Head of Programmes at the Trust and he’s been impressed with Olly’s first few months since joining. 
 
He said: “Olly has made a fantastic start. 
 
“He has spent much of his time working alongside our Marketing and Communications Executive to ensure all Tigers Trust activities are reflected through our media channels. 
 
“He has used his experience and skills to put together numerous first class videos and case studies which highlight the difference we are able to make to our community.” 
 
Opportunities accessed 
 
Through the Trust, Olly has had access to a number of different training courses and has been present on calls with members from other club charities and foundations. 
 
He’s also been given the responsibility to publish and push content across all Tigers Trust social media platforms and has played a part in the launch of our new website. 
 
Due to his strong start with ourselves, he has been given the chance to transfer his skills across to the NCS team where he now works extra hours as a NCS Officer Assistant. 
 
Richard said the team were impressed by his “outgoing” and “enthusiastic” personality which has now given him the opportunity to support our NCS programme in engaging and inspiring young people aged 15-17. 
 
Speaking of the opportunities he's had so far at the Trust, Olly said: "I love it because something new seems to pop up all the time! 
 
"I feel extremely lucky and grateful to be able to access some of the things I have so far, but I'd like to think I've worked hard towards these things too.  
 
"I'm extremely confident that the next Kickstart recruit would receive similar opportunities because I know how supportive and helpful people at the Trust are." 
 
Team support 
 
Olly’s work so far with the Trust hasn’t gone unnoticed with his colleagues, and he was voted Star of the Month for April. 
On winning the award, he said: “I couldn’t believe it, especially after only joining just a few weeks prior. 
 
“It gave me a huge confidence boost and provided me with the belief that I potentially could have a future in this industry. 
 
“Everyone has been brilliant so far in welcoming in me, I can’t fault anyone and there’s an incredibly friendly atmosphere around the Arena and at sessions. 
 
“The Kickstart Scheme has been perfect for me and due to the opportunities I’ve managed to access, I’d definitely recommend it to anyone currently out of work.” 
 
Our current Kickstart vacancies 
 
If you're aged 16-24 and are currently receiving universal credit, you could be eligible for our Kickstart roles. 
 
Here's a list of our current vacancies:  
 
•School Delivery Officer 
•Youth Worker 
•Admin Assistant 
•Facilities Assistant 
•NCS Assistant 
•PLCF Youth Comms Assistant 
•Data Analyst 
 
If you're interested in any of these positions, please speak and apply through your work coach.  
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