The service and skills reception: A new approach to the transition from education to employment
Organised in association with City Year UK
- Sunday October 2nd 2016, 18:00 - 20:00
- City Café, Hilton Garden Inn, 1 Brunswick Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B1 2HW
- Refreshments provided
Speakers: Rob Wilson MP, Minister for Civil Society; Sophie Livingstone, City Year; Jon Yates, The Challenge; Simon Redfern, Starbucks; Tom Abbott, National Grid
The purpose of this event is to explore the role which social enterprise and the third sector can play in bridging the skills gap, and how service and volunteering can instil skills for work and life in young people.
The Challenge worked with the government to design National Citizen Service, and is now the leading provider of the programme. We also run HeadStart, an initiative which rewards 16-17 year olds who complete volunteering placements with access to skills development workshops and guaranteed job interviews. In 2014, we launched Step Forward - an apprenticeship programme which recruits school leavers to undertake a year-long paid professional placement and offers a fully integrated education-to-work pathway.
Modelled on the US AmeriCorps programme, City Year UK challenges young people to tackle educational inequality through a year of full-time voluntary service in school.
A number of young people who have participated in the programmes outlined above will be present to share their experiences of entering the world of work.
Please contact Nicholas Plumb at The Challenge for more details.