Help to develop skills & confidence for work

Businesses can play a vital role in helping young people to develop essential skills, enhancing their self-esteem and confidence, raising aspirations and improving future readiness for the world of work.

From social action and volunteering to one-to-one mentoring, there are multiple ways that employers can develop the skills and resilience of young people in preparation for employment. This matters because young people who have the opportunity to interact with employers at school through employability sessions and classroom learning are significantly less likely to face unemployment after leaving education than those who don’t.

These kinds of opportunities for young people to gain skills and confidence can provide life-changing experiences and can be the deciding factor in enabling them to find employment.

How businesses can benefit:

In return for supporting young people, businesses can benefit from helping to equip young people with exactly the sort of skills and exposure to a company environment that would make them perfect, motivated candidates for a company’s entry level roles.

It also helps businesses to widen awareness of and create positive associations with their brand, develop innovation and think differently about their organisation and their products and services.

Key things to consider:

  • How can your activities be embedded in your employee volunteering programme?
  • Could you inspire young to test their business skills by helping to run an enterprise challenge?
  • How can you identify the participants who will benefit from the programmes the most?

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