"I liked the fact that I met different businesses and we got insights into them.”
Creating Pathways into Work
The Events Academy gives young people confidence, employability skills and experience - helping create pathways into work.
Better Bankside's Events Academy is a unique work experience scheme for 16-21 year olds in Southwark. Pictured above are the students of 2015 with their project manager Liz Castro Thomas.
Each year up to eight young people spend a summer doing real work in real workplaces, organising a business networking event whilst gaining new skills and learning about a variety of careers. They are supported by local companies who offer training sessions in their specialist areas, to give our young people the project and event management skills they need.
Throughout the project they have guidance and support from the Events Academy Project Manager and the Better Bankside team. The aim is to recruit young people who are unsure of their skills and help them to grow their abilities and confidence.
For the summer Events Academy, students are with us three days per week and receive a small learning bursary.
Why we do it
This is an exciting opportunity for young people to manage every aspect of their own business event. From managing a team of other young people, to organising and attending training sessions with businesses, to designing invitations and deciding the theme of the event, to running the final event itself – all while keeping a careful eye on the budget. These are all valuable skills for the world of work with the young people growing in confidence and self-belief throughout.
By delivering a session for the Events Academy students, businesses can support local youth, develop their staff, raise their company’s profile amongst local residents and businesses and meet some inspirational young people along the way!
Examples of past workshops included film making, event planning, graphic design, public relations and social media, public speaking, budgeting, CV writing and interview skills. Everything is tailored to ensure that both businesses and students get the most out of this unique opportunity.