Employees from our Community-Apprentice Business partners in Birmingham volunteered over 400 hours of their time in the Autumn term.
Almost 90 mentors from 15 Birmingham-based businesses, including Lloyds Banking Group, RBS and Highways England, supported students to develop essential employability skills through a series of mentoring sessions.
Leah Bracha, Resourcing Consultant at RBS, is in her 2nd year of mentoring,
We were all really impressed by the passion and enthusiasm that the
girls demonstrated for their chosen issue and projects. It’s wonderful to see that at sixteen years old the students are so aware of areas of personal improvement and so willing to learn and develop, it’s brilliant.
The positive impact of the Business Mentor sessions goes beyond the Community–Apprentice. Research conducted by Gatsby has determined that young people who have four contacts with employers are significantly less likely to become NEET (not in education, employment or training) and earn more than their peers in the future. It’s not only the young people who benefit but also the volunteers themselves. This is often a brand new and unique experience for our mentors, providing them the opportunity to develop their own skills.
We couldn’t deliver the programme to such a high quality without our mentors and are always looking for new organisations to get involved. If you have enthusiastic and willing staff please contact Cameron Nimmo, Regional Manager, on Cameron@envision.org.uk or call the team on 0121 772 7685