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Positive Futures: A Summer of opportunity thanks to successful partnership

getimageA group of Positive Futures young people were recently given the opportunity to experience the world of work first-hand through a series of events in and around the city.

Thanks to a well-established partnership with Liverpool Charity and Voluntary Services (LCVS), Positive Futures were able to extend their Building Futures programme further during the Summer, and give their young people the opportunity to gain valuable first-hand experience of various careers, motivational speakers and training sessions.

The opportunities started with the chance to attend the First Day Flagship event, an extension of the International Festival of Business (IFB) which took place in the city earlier in the year. As part of this day, the young people were invited along to a Google Garage session where they were able to hone their digital skills and learn about the value of having a digital presence when it comes to the world of work. Next they got to meet with several top employers from well-known companies and put their representatives through their paces, learning more about their experiences in the work place and what they would do differently if they were to have their first day again.

Then came the opportunity to attend ACCELERATE16, an inspirational day designed to motivate, provide insight and allow for networking with other peers. The young people had the opportunity to attend various motivational sessions delivered by the likes of Wayne Hemingway MBE and Johnny ‘Cupcakes’ Earle, and hear first-hand what motivates these successful businessmen and women. They also learnt about the challenges they faced and how they overcame them to become the success that they are today. Speaking about one of the motivational sessions, Positive Futures participant Anthony Baker said;

“I greatly enjoyed going along and listening to Johnny Cupcakes. From the moment he ran onto the stage, his enthusiasm and passion for his business was evident. He is really clever with his brand and isn’t afraid to try something different to see if it will work. He was really inspirational, as he was just a normal lad who didn’t really like school or working in a boring job, and so did something about it! I’d like to think I would use my enthusiasm in the same way one day to achieve something I really want!”

Following on from these two events, Positive Futures young people were then given the opportunity to attend numerous Work Day Placements in various industries. Several young people travelled to London to the Bloomsberg office where they got to see first-hand how the office works. The day consisted of seeing how Bloomberg News is broadcasted around the world in many different countries. The young people where able to watch a live stream being made, sit in the control room and view reporters across the globe giving up-to-date reports, 24 hours a day. The Bloomberg staff also delivered fun entrepreneurial workshops for the young people to invent new ways of using media for business ideas and to attract new customers using Bloomberg as a media medium.

Other opportunities have included visiting John Lennon airport and learning more about the various careers available within the airport and a day in the PWC offices where some of our young people learnt more about a career in accountancy and how there is more to the job role than simply doing the books! Speaking of her day with PWC, Positive Futures participant Anna Wharton said;

“I was already really interested in a career in accountancy but this has opened my eyes to everything else which goes on and all of the other opportunities associated with this industry. It was great! I’d volunteered in a couple of firms to gain some experience already, but I really enjoyed coming along today and getting to meet the staff and learn from them and their experiences. I’m planning on applying for their graduate scheme when I finish school.”

All of this wouldn’t have been possible without LCVS who worked in partnership with numerous organisations throughout the city to coordinate these opportunities. Speaking of the initiative, Colin Heaney, Head of Policy, Partnership & Programmes at LCVS said;

“As part of our First Day programme, which began life as part of this year’s International Festival of Business, we have worked closely with Positive Futures, one of our four First Day partners. Not only did Positive Futures play a role in shaping the programme, their support in terms of encouraging the young people they work with to take part has been invaluable.  Their staff are really committed to the work that they do and that’s reflected in the way in which their young people have engaged with the programme. For LCVS it’s great to see how the support of dedicated staff can help young people grow and develop and the energy and enthusiasm of the young people is a credit to them and to Positive Futures.

The feedback from our Business Partners who provide the First Day opportunities has been hugely positive and we are looking forward to working with the team at Positive Futures in the months ahead. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication.”

So far this year the Building Futures programme has provided employability or educational support to 136 young people, this includes 27 young people who have benefited from direct CV and personal statement writing support. 64 young people have achieved qualifications including sports leader, food hygiene, inclusive communities in sports, urban design, and basic CPR. When asked about the impact of the programme on them, Jiaqi Zhao said;

“They gave me many opportunities to partake in activities which are fun and beneficial in developing skills for the future such as the first-aid and drug awareness training courses. I was able to make use of my time to develop myself and jumpstart me for the future, I wish to work again with them in the future.”