The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has launched a new campaign to encourage small employers to make a difference to the futures of young people in Humber.
The Give an Hour campaign is targeting small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) to offer an hour of their time to help young people prepare for the fast-changing world of work.
The campaign – run jointly by the Humber LEP and The Careers & Enterprise Company – highlights that in as little as one hour, organisations can help to transform a young person’s future by bringing to life different career opportunities and providing insight about the skills young people need to be work-ready and successful in the workplace.
Evidence shows that regular and meaningful engagement with employers while at school can significantly increase young people’s employment prospects and future earnings. *
Employers are already engaging with thousands of young people across the country, but more employers need to come forward to work with schools and colleges for every young person to get the support they need. Activities can include interview practice, mentoring or working with a teacher to bring a lesson to life.
With 16.3 million people working in an SME, representing 60% of all private sector employment in the UK, these businesses are key to ensuring all young people get the opportunities they need. The Give an Hour campaign emphasises the importance of tapping into the career opportunities, skills and knowledge of small businesses.
Employers of all shapes and sizes are encouraged to visit www.careersandenterprise.co.uk/give-an-hour to find out more and register to support a school or college in their area.
The Give an Hour campaign has also launched a video highlighting how small employers have helped to support young people’s careers aspirations. You can view the video here.
Stephen Savage, Chair of the Humber LEP Education and Skills Board, said: “We are delighted to be promoting the Give an Hour campaign. Many Humber businesses, small and large, are already supporting us in our work on improving careers education, information, advice and guidance and this opportunity helps our focus on improving employability enormously and raising aspirations.”
Claudia Harris, Chief Executive of The Careers & Enterprise Company, said: “We know that hardworking small business really want to support young people in their local community but finding the time can be difficult. There are many ways to make a difference to a young person’s future – and with as little as one hour these dynamic small firms can help a young person discover more about the world of work and open up career paths they didn’t even know existed.”
Tom Martin currently volunteers with young people and as well as being a full-time farmer, he is Founder of FaceTime a Farmer. He said: “By using technology, it doesn’t even need to take an hour. Our 150 farmers use FaceTime or Skype to connect with 150 classrooms every fortnight, giving the young people an insight into farming and rural life, which links to the curriculum and wider career opportunities.”
During the three years Tom has been supporting schools he has begun viewing young people as a potential future workforce for the industry and as future decision makers when it comes to farming, food and agriculture. He therefore realises how important they are to the industry and that they understand how it works. Unless young people have grown up in this environment, farming or agriculture is not an obvious choice and therefore the opportunities available are often unknown.
Sarah Hopkins currently volunteers with young people as well as being Director of an executive search and recruitment company Hopkins Longworth Ltd. She said: “I love running CV writing, interview skills and personal brand sessions with young people. It gives me an amazing feeling of giving back and the feedback I get is truly uplifting and invigorating.”
Sarah has done lots of volunteering with sixth form students around developing their purpose, brand and CV writing. She is extremely passionate about the importance of delivering meaningful employer activities and wants to highlight to other businesses about the benefits and positive feeling that giving back can have for employees. Many young people who she has helped are applying for jobs that did not exist a few years ago which is why she wants to educate others about career choices.
Examples of how SMEs can Give an Hour
- Share your career story to a class or assembly setting
- Work with teachers to bring the curriculum to life by providing business examples
- Hold a speed networking event with students one to one or in small groups
- Carry out a mock interview or CV workshop and share your top tips
- Hold a business/enterprise competition to bring your work to life
- Run a group session about your industry or business and the potential opportunities.
About The Careers & Enterprise Company
Our mission is to prepare and inspire young people for the fast-changing world of work.
We support schools and colleges by linking them to employers and helping them deliver world class careers support for all young people. We do this by:
- Building Networks: Linking schools and colleges to employers and other external careers providers through the Enterprise Adviser Network and Careers Hubs.
- Supporting Careers Leaders: Providing training and support for Careers Leaders in schools and colleges.
- Backing the Gatsby Benchmarks: Supporting implementation of a best practice standard for careers support, the Gatsby Benchmarks, with tools and targeted funding.
About the Give an Hour Campaign
- The Give an Hour Campaign is asking those who work for, or own small or medium sized businesses to inspire and support the young people in local schools and colleges, by sharing their unique stories and knowledge about their job and their industry.
- In an hour you could change the course of a young person’s life just by sharing your story or helping them understand more about the world of work. Go to giveanhour.co.uk to find out more and to sign up.
* Young people who have experienced at least four employer activities while at school are much more likely to have pursued their career ambitions and remain in education, employment or training. *Research source: Mann, Kashefpakdel, Rehill and Huddleston. 2017. Contemporary transitions: Young Britons reflect on life after secondary school and college. London: Education and Employers