Thursday, 24 July 2014

Mayor of London launches our new programme, HeadStart London

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Last month, Mayor of London Boris Johnson addressed an audience of over 200 people drawn from the business and third sectors, to officially announce the launch of our new programme, HeadStart London.

HeadStart London inspires young people to strengthen their communities through volunteering, whilst giving them the skills and experiences to succeed at work.

Through HeadStart, young people who have completed a minimum of 16 hours of volunteering are guaranteed an interview for part-time or seasonal employment.

The event also announced a new mentoring scheme being launched by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) , entitled Steps Ahead. Steps Ahead supports young jobseekers with practical advice on job searches, CV writing and interview skills.

The Mayor called on businesses to recognise volunteering as a route to work in their recruitment process. He also encouraged businesses to get on board by signing up as a corporate supporter and encouraging staff to volunteer alongside the young people.

HeadStart London participant, Junior Morrison attended the event. He stated: “HeadStart London can and has opened doors for people, including me. I now have a job with New Look and still volunteer. HeadStart really does work and it should be opened up to more young people.”

Simon Redfern, Director of Corporate Affairs at Starbucks said: “As an employer with stores in hundreds of communities across the UK, we have a responsibility to support  the neighbourhoods we serve. Community action and volunteering benefits young people in so many ways and we felt that it was right for us to support this programme. The quality of job applications we received from the young people was impressive and it was clear that volunteering had given those young people an experience that made them stand out.”

The event secured broad media coverage in a number of outlets, including HR Magazine, Recruiter  Training journal  ITV  Children and Young People Now . 

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