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Employers of all sectors and sizes can help our young people

COVID EMAIL FOOTER

OPPORTUNITIES TO SUPPORT YOUR COMMUNITY THROUGHOUT THE PANDEMIC

Whilst everyone has suffered hardship through the pandemic, young people have been dealt a terrific blow as a result of school closures. Economic uncertainty and a challenging job market means that we need to double our efforts to help young people find their way forward.

Experts are predicting the gap in achievement between the best- and worst-off young people could widen by up 75% for those most in need, so in 2020-21 we're working harder than ever with our employer partners to improve young people's workplace skills and prepare them for life beyond COVID-19. 

Work-related benefits have risen significantly since the first lockdown was announced in March 2020, studies predict that disadvantaged young people in the UK face the biggest impact from a COVID-19 recession and in the latest study from the Careers & Enterprise Company 74% of teachers say employability skills are the most important focus in preparing young people for work post-COVID19.

With the help of businesses and volunteers around the UK we have been able to engage over 40,000 young people with our virtual programmes since September 2020, helping them to build their skills, face the future with more confidence and bounce back from the effects of the pandemic.

To ensure we can continue to work with employers to support disadvantaged young people across the UK we have created an exciting and innovative programme of activities that schools and their students can access online and that business volunteers can take part in even if they're working from home.

Volunteering opportunities throughout lockdown include:

Virtual Work Experience
These flexible work experience packages may include virtual interview sessions all taking place online or pre-recorded for students to access. Find out more about virtual work experience >>

Virtual Careers Panels
Our virtual interactive quiz format encourages students to ask business volunteers their own questions about career journeys and key skills for employment.

Virtual Mock Interview Practice
Interview practice provides students with the opportunity to practice speaking about themselves to employers before they leave school. Interview questions and on-the-day support are provided by Ahead Partnership with each volunteer interviewing a number of students.

Virtual Speed Networking
Virtual speed networking is an opportunity for students to gain insight into the roles available within various business sectors. Volunteers virtually ‘visit’ each classroom with a small presentation about their career journey followed by a Q&A. These may also be recorded for students to access from home.

Virtual ‘EmployMe’ Bootcamp Workshops
An online bootcamp that helps students prepare for future recruitment processes, volunteers will lead short workshops on an employability theme, pulling on their own experiences. All resources are provided by Ahead Partnership.

 

All of these activities take place with students online, making it easy for volunteers and young people to take part from work or from home.

All resources are provided and Ahead Partnership facilitate each activity to make sure it goes smoothly. Activities also give you the opportunity to 'meet' volunteers from other organisations.

To get involved please contact us today >>

Sources:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-53430775
https://www.careersandenterprise.co.uk/news/workplace-skills-now-more-important-exam-results-post-covid-jobs-market-say-teachers
https://aboutmanchester.co.uk/most-deprived-children-face-biggest-risk-of-unemployment-in-covid-recession/