Impact Volunteers with Inspire!
Impact is taking a proactive stance on helping young adults get
into the workplace and have been working in partnership with
Inspire, the education business partnership. Inspire
collaborate with businesses, linking them to schools in the Hackney
area, to create a powerful yet informal way to encourage students
into the world of work.
Impact's partnership with Inspire comes from our strong link to
the Hackney area and commitment to improving the local community.
All of our employees are involved and provide regular one to one
and group mentorship to local school pupils, advising on career
options within the media and creative industries, completing
application forms, CV writing techniques and interview
Today, I visited Cardinal Pole Catholic School on Morning Lane,
Hackney, with fellow CSR-committee member Natalie Hallows. We
advised 6th formers on the job application process and
also gave advice and information on careers within the media and
creative industries. It was encouraging to see pupils aged 17/18
with a good idea of what they'd like to accomplish and consider for
their careers. A common theme seemed to be an appreciation of
strong role models in their daily lives, whether that is the
Inspire team and companies like Impact, teachers, parents or
Speaking with each member of the group, we saw different
perspectives - some want to go to university and believe it will
really make a difference to their future, and others were focused
on leaving school and getting an apprenticeship. In
particular one student focused on a mechanical engineering
apprenticeship and another solely focused on photography,
understanding the difference between practical and theoretical
Apprenticeships and internships are now fairly common and more
accessible for all; however we hope from our input today that these
young adults will take away valuable lessons on how to demonstrate
key skills, develop strong communication skills and how to
distinguish yourself from other applicants.
If more of us help at this stage, there will be so many more
opportunities for young people. Strong role models will help
enormously and Impact is hugely proud to be a part of this process!