Can Your Business Help to Educate the Employees of the Future?

Can Your Business Help to Educate the Employees of the Future?

Action4Youth, a leading charity providing positive, often transformational experiences to motivate children and young people, will launch its new initiative, The Inspiration Programme this September. The charity is keen to hear from leading employers from across the region that can support the programme in educating a talented future workforce.

The NCFE accredited one year course is being piloted in 2017/18 with students from Milton Keynes Academy and Aylesbury College. The Business element of the programme aims to provide an understanding of the workplace, how businesses operate and will help define career choices and better prepare young people for work.

One element of the course is a speed networking session, where students will meet representatives from a range of business sectors in quick succession, in order to help students to understand the diverse range of career paths available to them and to realise the importance of making a good first impression.

We will also be asking students to complete a development project, where working in teams, they will take on different roles to design and develop the idea for a new mobile application. The students must then plan the route to market and prepare supporting documentation to demonstrate the rationale behind their idea. The teams must also estimate the cost of developing the app and devise a marketing plan. Industry experts will be on hand during these sessions to offer advice and recommendations to the students.

The final part of the six week business course will be interview practise, with students embarking on role play with one another and potential employers. Apprentices and newly employed graduates will also talk to students about their own experiences of the transition from student to employee.

Jenifer Cameron, Chief Executive of Action4Youth explains: “As an organisation that works closely with children and young people, we understand the importance of preparing students, of all abilities, for employment. This is something that we are increasingly hearing from businesses too, that students are just not as prepared for working life as they could be when they leave full time education.

“We are keen to hear from any business that would like to help us deliver an inspirational and educational insight into the world of work to these students and help them to understand their current place in society and their potential to advance and achieve within it. From providing an hour or two of your time to take part in speed networking sessions to supporting students with interview preparation, or providing your digital expertise to help design and develop an innovative mobile app, we would really like to work with you to offer the best possible real business experience.”

For further information about Action4Youth and The Inspiration Programme and to get involved in the Business Course email office@action4youth.org, telephone 0300 003 2334, visit www.action4youth.org, or find us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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