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Give an hour and change a life!

13/05/2019 Blog

Give an Hour Campaign

Our Careers Hub Lead, Louise Lunn, shares why she hopes that busy businesses across our patch will ‘Give an Hour’ to support careers advice.

“Sometimes it’s the small things that can make a big difference to someone’s life. A kind word, an opportunity, some encouragement; they can help give a person that extra push to try something new and develop their skills. There are a vast number of routes into the workforce for young people, and it can be difficult to know which path to take. Academic-based routes are often presented as the best option, despite the fact that they don’t work for everyone - or indeed every career. We know that interactions with employers can inspire young people to pursue a career path in a way that nothing else can – students who have four or more interactions with employers over their educational career are significantly less likely to become Not in Education, Employment and Training (NEET). These students also tend to earn higher salaries when they are in work. In order to reduce the risk of students becoming NEET, the Give an Hour campaign aims to provide young people with at least one interaction from an employer every year of their secondary school education, and to make these encounters interesting and meaningful to the students themselves. Give an Hour focuses on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) providing these interactions; a talk from a big company can be valuable, but a workshop from a local SME shows students that there are businesses in their local community that they can be part of. Yorkshire faces the issue of how to retain our skilled young people; Give an Hour is on way to show them that there are careers worth staying local for. It can show them jobs they never knew existed, projects they didn’t know they wanted to be part of, and a county that is a vibrant, exciting place that they can make a positive impact on. SMEs are often short on time, which is why the Give an Hour campaign has been constructed to work for them too. You don’t need to be the world’s greatest public speaker or a careers expert – you just need to be able to offer an hour of your time to speak about your passion to young people in your area. An hour can be all it takes to help a young person find the right path for them, and inspire them to go for it. Sometimes, the small things make the biggest difference.” If you and your business are interested to take part in the Give an Hour Campaign – visit the Careers Enterprise Company website here:  
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