Through operating in the Islington for three years and working in partnership with eight education institutions, as well as the School Improvement Team of Islington Council, we have developed a good understanding of education provision in the borough and some of the gaps in business support provision.
A key programme we have brought to the borough is our Mentoring Works programme that has been running in east London for 20 years. The programme allows business volunteers to get to know young people over a whole academic year by meeting with them fortnightly and helping them understand the world of work. This quality, ongoing volunteering and relationship building opportunity has had a huge impact on both the young people and the business volunteers taking part.
This year we are developing further our offer to young people in the borough by expanding the support our businesses can offer. This will be in the form of targeted workshops that meet the specific needs of the schools we work with. This could see us supporting senior students with leadership training or providing a career insight visit to our business members.