Dulkharnayn Ashkir, Step Forward Graduate

Dulkharnayn Ashkir

My time here opened my eyes to the world of volunteering and social action and how vital that is in shaping the future of young people for the better.

Dulkharnayn Ashkir, Step Forward

Please note, Step Forward is no longer running. Step Forward ran between 2014 – 2019 and was a one-year apprenticeship for young people, aged 16-22 in London.

V Inspired is the UK’s leading volunteering charity for young people, helping them make their mark on the causes that they care about, whilst learning new skills and talents along the way.

It has used Step Forward to recruit apprentices since 2014. They feel that recruiting apprentices help them to keep in touch with their mission of giving lifelong skills to young people.

A good fit

Dulkharnayn Ashkir (known as “Dulky”) joined V Inspired through a one-year Step Forward Business Administration apprenticeship in September 2016 aged 18, having just completed three A Levels.

The initial onboarding included a handover with the previous post-holder as well as meeting people around the organisation and spending time with the marketing, finance and knowledge & innovation teams.

Dulky has been supported to take on responsibility for providing high-quality customer service across V Inspired’s main online channels, making him responsible for answering questions from its website’s users – 13,000 volunteers and 4,500 charities.

Young & enthusiastic talent

In addition to being the “go to” person for volunteers and charities, Dulky also administers the registration process for new organisations and gets involved in projects. Via his role he has provided invaluable insight into the website redesign, from the customer knowledge he has gained from his interactions with V Inspired’s clients.

Pathway to a successful career

Dulky was still considering whether to proceed to university or to go straight to work and hoped the apprenticeship would give him valuable and practical work experience while also developing skills for the future. He had not previously considered the charity sector as a career direction and has found working in a charity very inspiring.

During my apprenticeship here at V Inspired I have learned that university is not the only pathway into a successful career. By doing an apprenticeship you will be able to pick up on different skills in a working environment that you will not necessarily get from being in a classroom. Having been through the apprenticeship, I would strongly recommend that other school students should seriously consider it. It allowed me to add something extra to my CV, setting me apart from others. My time here at V Inspired has also opened my eyes to the world of volunteering and social action and how vital that is in shaping the future of young people for the better.

Dulkharnayn Ashkir, Step Forward