Promethean Helps Mentor Young Citizens
Promethean Head Office in Blackburn, UK, recently hosted a group of young citizens from the NCS (National Citizens Services) programme, powered by The Challenge. They were there for a dress rehearsal of a presentation they were to deliver the following day to secure funding for a planned NCS programme community project. Promethean staffers were there to offer advice and guidance to fine-tune their proposal. For anybody familiar with the ‘Dragon’s Den’ TV Show concept, this was a similar approach with a number of Promethean employees acting as the dragons.
For the young adults involved, the advantages of participation in this programme are numerous, including building self-confidence, learning to work as a team, gaining presentation skills as well as acquiring leadership skills. Whilst not specifically work experience in the strictest sense, this NCS programme does provide experience that can be considered relevant for work. The teenaged participants have hopefully received helpful pointers around soft skills like communication, and also technical skills like marketing. It also provided a chance to gain some ad-hoc career advice directly from people, whom are already performing the job, or jobs the students may be interested in.
The group that presented did a very good job and represented themselves better than their years would suggest. Their approach was mature, built a good foundation, which will hopefully now be stronger as a result of the presentation practise and Promethean employee mentoring.
This was a community project predominantly aimed at raising awareness of an issue local to Blackburn, UK, but the concept is certainly replicable most anywhere. You can find out more about this specific project at its Facebook Page or by following #SecondHome on Twitter. The programme ultimately helps teenagers to integrate more fully into the community. Students participating are empowered and motivated to do more. It is definitely something, with which more employers should be involved. In this way, employers can also help students gain skills and experience and provide access to additional career advice and guidance than they may find at school. The benefit for any businesses involved is to help ensure that students are able to make the transition from full-time education to full-time employment as seamlessly as possible, and at the same time, emphasize skills that allow young adults to add value right from the start.
Students: Are there similar programmes you can access in your community?
Teachers: Are there activities, where you can involve employers more?
Employers: Are there opportunities to get more involved in these initiatives?
About the Author
Iain Home is a UK father, student of education trends, and an international marketing strategist for Promethean. Iain is also a regular columnist at Connect Learning Today.