Engaging with Young People in London SE1
With extracts from speeches by Iqbal Wahhab OBE of Roast Restaurant; Richard Serunjogi, Partnerships Manager, Spirit of London; Simon Hughes MP and Farkhanda Iqbal, New Openings Manager, Premier Inn.
The Better Bankside Events Academy is an innovative work experience project, engaging with local youth clubs and forums to provide Bankside youth with a real-life taste of the working world. Better Bankside recruits a team of young people aged 16-21 based in SE1, and tasks them with organising a networking event for local companies. In order to help them do this, we ask local businesses to offer training sessions in their specialist areas, to give our young people the event management skills they would need.
Why we do it?
This is an exciting opportunity for young people aged 16-21 to manage every aspect of their own event, from managing a team of other young people to help them, to organising and attending training sessions in event management, to designing invitations and deciding the theme of the event, to holding the final event itself in a venue of their choice – all while keeping a careful eye on the budget! Students work 2 days per week and are paid for their efforts. Throughout the project they have guidance and support from the Events Academy Project Manager, and all of the Better Bankside team. The idea is to recruit young people who are unsure of their skills and help them to grow their abilities and confidence.