Envision students set development goals at London launch

The Envision London launch event took place at the Barbican this week and saw over 250 young people pledging to achieve their own personal development goal.

The event, called London’s Calling, featured a range of issue-based stalls and activities as well as a series of workshops designed to teach essential skills that will help the teams develop their community projects.

The main feature of the event was the Skills Café which brought together young people and businesses to explore the top 10 skills that employers are looking for. In a similar way to speed dating 12 stations were set up, with each table exploring a different employability skill. Each table was facilitated by an Envision-trained corporate mentor who used different activities and challenges to help business participants and young people explore each skill.

By the end of the afternoon each young participant made their own pledge to develop a specific set of skills by the end of their project.

Watch our 2-min film to see the Skills Café in action.

At the end of the event 100% of the young people said they had developed a practical skill that will help them gain employment and 88% said they learned a skill that they can practically apply to their social action project next term. 79% of the young people attending the event said the experience of meeting and mixing at the event helped them develop their communication skills.

Over the next 6 months the Envision teams will finalise and then deliver their community projects with the support of Envision facilitators and their Corporate Mentors. And at the end of the programme students will be able to put their learning into practice at a speed-interviewing workshop which last year saw over 50 business volunteers participating.

If you’d like to find out more about any of the employee engagement opportunities mentioned above please contact Laura on 020 7253 1677 or at laura@envision.org.uk