During its 50th year, Aldwyck opens doors for local young people
Aldwyck is helping nine young people from Luton and Central Bedfordshire make the transition from school into work or further education.
Aldwyck has partnered with the EY Foundation’s ‘Our Future’ employability and work experience programme. The scheme connects employers looking for local talent with young people from diverse backgrounds who face major barriers to entering the work place.
Nine 16-17-year olds have been recruited from Aldwyck’s customer base and the local area and will receive an introduction to Aldwyck as an employer, paid work experience at a competitive wage, intensive skills training and one-to-one mentoring by one of Aldwyck’s team at their Head Office in Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire.
During their two weeks paid work experience with Aldwyck, each young person will work on a live business project in areas such as marketing, planning, HR and recruitment and development. Where possible, the work experience and mentors are matched to the ambitions and interests of the young person.
Training provided by both the EY Foundation and Aldwyck will equip the young people with essential skills such as CV writing, developing working relationships and building confidence. Team exercises, including a ‘Dragon’s Den’ challenge to design a phone for the year 2025, will give the young people an opportunity to put the skills they learn into practice.
David Benson, Aldwyck’s Head of People and Organisational Development said:
“We’re enjoying getting to know the team of young people on the programme. They join us during our 50th year – a great time for us to invest in the next generation and learn from each other. Aldwyck employs over 500 people in a range of jobs, half of which are based at our Head Office in Houghton Regis. The other half work in our specialist homes and services across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire. Aldwyck Housing Group is a great place to work and learn – with local people for local people.”
Aldwyck’s partner, the independent charity, the EY Foundation was set up in 2014. It delivers employability skills programmes in sixteen locations across the UK for young people aged between 13 and 19 who are facing significant barriers to entering the labour market to give them a good start to their working lives. They aim to bring young people and employers together to close the skills gap between UK business and hidden, untapped talent.
Nil Neale, Head of EY Foundation’s Young Peoples and Employer Services said:
“We are delighted to be working with Aldwyck Housing Group to inspire, engage and excite local young people about the vast array of employment opportunities in the housing sector. Together, we aim to help the students develop core workplace skills, experiences, networks and confidence to meet potential future employers, take their first steps towards getting a job they actually want and access industries which may have previously felt out of reach.”
Meeting their mentors – participants meet Aldwyck colleagues who’ll be guiding and supporting them during the programme.