Venn Group celebrates Employability Day 2020 by hosting two webinars this week as part of our Empowering Employment Initiative.
Our initiative was created in 2018 to utilise our employment and skills service to support stakeholders, whose objectives are to enhance the employability of young people and this week our events were held in partnership with Southwark Works and Young Womens’s Trust.
With this years employability day theme being “business as usual” we have taken all our offerings online to ensure accessibility at this critical time. The forms of engagement our initiative provide are:
Day in, day out, our consultants provide feedback on candidate CVs. Therefore, we are well placed to offer advice. This can be done through webinars, by email or on the phone, during which we offer advice on CVs, covering letters and applications.
Many young people may not have attended a professional interview before, so in order to ensure they have practical experience, our representatives run workshops.
Our senior team embark on programmes with individuals to advise and guide them through the transition from education to work. This is done virtually and with regular conversations.
A large part of our employability work also comes from our partnership with Young Womens Trust, where we provide 450 hours of support to their Work it Out CV service. Each week we thoroughly review and provide valuable feedback on CV’s, job applications and covering letters.
We asked some of our employees why involvement in our various initiatives is important to them.
“Social value is really important to us here at Venn Group and Work It Out is a great opportunity to use the skills that we develop in our work to give back to the community. We get the opportunity to help people in need with free support and hopefully make some real, positive change in their lives.”
“I help the Work it out programme to try and make a difference for Young women seeking support in (re)entering the workplace. It's a rewarding way to use the skills I have gained in this job to give back a little in the hope of helping someone build their future”
"Knowing that the skills and knowledge I have shared have made even the slightest difference to someone's confidence or the ability to secure a new role is very rewarding. For me, it's really important that I use the experience I have been fortunate enough to gain to help those who need it, address inequality and give something back to society.”
"Offering support and guidance to disadvantaged groups through our range of employability programmes is a real privilege, and an opportunity to use our expertise and support individuals to navigate a complex market. No matter your background, engaging in the job market is challenge at the best of times, and in the current climate has been really disheartening for many. Our employment initiatives have been focused on offering detailed toolkits that allow individuals to take charge of their progress now and in the future, and we have been even more excited to reach more people virtually by embracing technology.”
“That young women recognise their own abilities and professional value is fundamental in the fight for equality; through providing positive CV feedback in the YWT I've been fortunate enough to help assist in this aim, and expansively to attain their ideal role.”
"Employability initiatives are a vital way to share knowledge and provide advice to people who may be struggling to find work or to change career paths. As a recruiter, it is a great way to utilise my skills outside of my day to day job, whether it be through mentoring, writing articles, facilitating workshops or hosting webinars. Not only is it beneficial to the participants of employability schemes, but it is also a fantastic way to gain new skills of my own and to champion adaptability. When we are able to promote positivity and motivation through these initiatives, then it is time incredibly well spent."