I was born in Monserrat and moved to the UK in 2010. I was 19 and without the core qualifications in English, Maths and Science to get the type of work I wanted. It was then I realised that I wanted to set up my own bike repair business but still I lacked the practical work experience and skills I needed to do so. I managed to get some help to start my business plan, but now I need help to take a step up, to get my qualifications so I can get a job to pay for a van and other things that I’ll need.
The barrier for me has been getting access to the right help at the right time. Getting to where I want to be in my long term career is a step-by-step process that I can’t support financially, and which I don’t think the current benefits system understands or supports. I’ve found that the system of claiming JSA, and the support offered by the Jobcentre, is not equipped to support young people at each stage of their career.
Talent Match London is about helping the next generation to find out what they’re good at to get the careers and independence they want. It will help young people like me to be supported through a process, from education to paid employment and into continued career progression. For me there’s no other programme out there like that.
I’m involved with Talent Match London because I love working with and helping young people and eventually I want a part of my future business to help make things easier for young people like me to get on in their careers. I know that if I’d have had this kind of step-by-step support, things would have been much easier.