Investing In The Next Generation
Over 300 young people from 13 schools across Poole, Bournemouth and Dorset this year took part in the Young Enterprise Employability programme.
The scheme is funded by Borough of Poole, Aimhigher with BU, Bournemouth Borough Council and Christchurch and East Dorset Borough Council. However, it could not take place without the small army of over 60 volunteers from the local business community who gave up their time to advise the students. Young Enterprise is the UK’s leading enterprise and employability education charity, delivering programmes to over 1,000 young people in Dorset alone each year.
The Employability programme seeks to address the need to ensure young people are prepared for work. A recent Confederation of British Industry (CBI) education and skills survey found 78% of employers rate attitude to work as a key decision factor when employing, along with aptitude and other core employability skills. Young Enterprise programmes are essential in delivering these skills. This programme consisted of eight interactive workshops, culminating in a mock interview at various business locations, which for some young people was their first experience of an interview. Of the students who participated during the year, 100% have said they feel better prepared for work as a result of taking part.
Throughout the scheme young people were advised by business volunteers from the local community. By taking part, pupils learnt the importance of key transferable skills such as teamwork and decision making, which developed their confidence and communication with adults and understood the need for thought and preparation.