HeadStart gets young people volunteering in their local community so that they mix and meet with people from all walks of life. It inspires young people to volunteer by guaranteeing everyone who does so an interview for a part-time job.
HeadStart is a win, win and win. It is a win for young people who gain critical skills for work and life through volunteering. It is a win for partnering employers who can recruit fantastic new staff – HeadStart candidates are up to four times more successful at job interviews than standard candidates and have a higher retention rate within their jobs. It is also a win for the local community which becomes more integrated as young people volunteer locally and get involved with the great work of local charities.
HeadStart was launched in 2013 to work with 30 young people. After just two years almost 3,000 young people take part in the programme each year providing over 40,000 volunteering hours to local communities. In London, it is delivered in partnership with two fantastic partners: the Mayor of London and AGL Education and the support of some amazing employers including Bloomberg, Lloyds Banking Group, New Look, Starbucks and Zendesk.