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Give an Hour campaign, supported by Medway Council and Kent County Council, to help youngsters learn about workplace

Businesses are being urged to get behind an initiative which will see firms give an hour of their time to introduce young people to the world of work.

The Give an Hour campaign aims to get schools engaged with businesses in their local community.

It will give the chance to highlight the skills need of the local economy and explain expectations in the workplace.

Firms are urged to donate an hour of their time to help youngsters
Firms are urged to donate an hour of their time to help youngsters

The national scheme is supported by the Enterprise Advisor Network and supported locally by the West Kent Partnership, Medway Council, Kent County Council and The Education People.

James Roberts, CEO of The Education People, said: “As an ex-school leader, and parent, I have witnessed the huge impact that employers can have on the education, aspirations and life chances of children and young people.

"They can provide inspiration to those at risk of becoming disengaged, provide clarity for those confused about their future career path, and provide tangible solutions to those who are seeking guidance and support. The Give an Hour campaign aims to do just that and I would encourage businesses to sign up and help change the lives of young people in their local area”

Scheme will help identify skills needs for the local economy
Scheme will help identify skills needs for the local economy

It is suggested the likes of mock interviews, CV workshops or a career insight session can make such a difference to a group of young people.

Volunteer enterprise adviser and business owner, Susan Pearson said of the campaign: “It is a very powerful initiative that brings local businesses and schools together and helps to influence the future workforce.

"Through the campaign, the students benefit from the knowledge shared by the business leaders – whether that be through coaching, interview training or even work experience. The business leaders benefit from inspiring and shaping the talent of the future, as well as supporting their local communities.

By giving youngsters a helping hand, it is hoped it will create stronger bonds between schools and local firms
By giving youngsters a helping hand, it is hoped it will create stronger bonds between schools and local firms

“As a local business owner, I can see great benefit in this scheme – for the sake of an hour of their time, business individuals can make a huge difference to a student’s career outlook and prospects, whilst also getting an insight into the next generation entering the workplace. Furthermore, the design of this scheme makes it a fun and easy process for all involved, and so producing much more effective results.”

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