Business in the Community, in partnership with First Housing, is delivering #WorkItOut – a unique education, training & employability programme in the North West of Northern Ireland.
#WorkItOut works with disadvantaged 16 to 25 year olds who are homeless, or in danger of becoming homeless, and have been referred to First Housing for support. The project supports those young people who wish to engage in education, skills development, employment opportunities and training, or completed existing courses.
#WorkItOut is led by its young participants, and aims to empower them to make choices about their own future, providing the support, guidance and opportunities to help them achieve whatever it is they wish to do.
As part of the #WIO project, Business in the Community matches businesses mentors with a young person, to provide support and encouragement for their young mentee who maybe be starting or continuing their journey into employment, training or education. Mentors are key to supporting the growth of their mentee’s confidence and self-esteem around employability.
The delivery of the #WorkItOut project is made possible through generous funding from The National Lottery Community Fund.
Could you become a volunteer business mentor?
Volunteer mentors typically spend a couple of hours a month with their mentee, meeting for a coffee or catching up over the phone for a chat. As a business mentor, you are a listening ear, offering support and guidance on anything from seeking and applying for jobs, to picking the right training course to support future plans.
We are currently looking for business mentors who can give just a couple hours per month to help to support disadvantaged young people who are participating in this project.
This is an opportunity to make a significant difference to someone’s life, helping inspire them into the world of work, training or education, building their confidence and self esteem, and learning news skills yourself along the way.