Bondholders have been supporting the work of fellow Bondholder TwentyTwenty, a local charity that works with young people who have fallen out of education, training or employment owing to their particularly complex backgrounds.
80% of the young people supported by TwentyTwenty have some form of mental health issue, and many face severe economic deprivation, challenging family environments or learning difficulties.
Bondholders including Bowmer & Kirkland, Harrier, Ask the Chameleon, Code56, L.E.A.D. IT, Tidyco, Pattonair, Flowerworld and LoatesHR have been involved in a range of employability sessions designed to help young people to gain the confidence and skills to become work-ready.
They've been voluntarily sharing their wisdom on a range of topics including workplace expectations and etiquette, giving advice on completing application forms and building CVs, taking part in mock interviews, giving tips on self-presentation and hosting young people on workplace visits and work experience.
One work experience host, Kara Winson, from L.E.A.D. IT Services said, “It has been a pleasure having Callum working with us and we have offered him the chance to come back and work with us during holidays to gather more experience. He has been a lovely student and has worked fantastically at whatever we have asked of him”. Callum said "Working at L.E.A.D. IT Services has given me a great experience and I now feel more confident to apply for a job or college. Thank you for helping me realise my potential and giving me a reason to believe in myself."
If you would like to host a group of young people on a workplace visit or host a young person on work experience, please contact Corporate Manager Olivia Pitt on 01332 348449.
To find out more first hand about the work of TwentyTwenty and the achievements of young people, Bondholders are invited to TwentyTwenty's Annual Celebration Event on 7th February 6.00pm at Derby University.