Creating pathways into work
Events Academy 2013 is a unique work experience opportunity.
The Better Bankside Events Academy is a unique work experience scheme for 16-21 year olds in Southwark. 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.
Students work two days per week and are paid a small stipend. 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.
These short videos give you a taste of what's involved:
With extracts from speeches by Iqbal Wahhab OBE, Roast Restaurant; Richard Serunjogi, Partnerships Manager, Spirit of London; Simon Hughes MP and Farkhanda Iqbal, New Openings Manager, Premier Inn.
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.
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!
The Events Academy gives young people confidence, employability skills and experience - helping create pathways into work.