Helps disadvantaged young jobseekers (aged 16-24) develop the expertise essential for employment. We use coaching to focus aspirations, structured training to meet skill gaps and practical supervised projects to demonstrate their ability to complete tasks accurately and on time. To date, 7 out of 10 participants have moved into full time employment or back into further education.
What we can do for you
You know what it’s like looking for a job – no-one’s got any time to give advice and the job centre’s just pushing to get as many CV’s sent out as possible – and all for jobs that don’t really interest you. And why bother anyway – you never get a reply and when you do get an interview it’s the same old story: ‘you’ve got no experience’
So ‘no experience, no job – no job, no experience’. But it doesn’t have to stop there. Friday People can help you get the experience that gets you the job you want.
All you have to do is join our project team – but first you’ve got decide you’re ready to put time and energy into helping us and helping yourself. Everyone at Friday people is a volunteer – and that includes you. We work from 10am to 4pm for at least two days a week (with more if your want) and you’ll commit yourself for at 3 months. No-one gets paid although we make sure your travel and lunches are covered by the charity. In return, you’ll be trained and supervised as you start work on a project that really catches your interest. When you’re finished, you’ll have proved not only that you can do your job accurately and on time, you’ll also be able to demonstrate that you’re a team worker with experience that ranges from project management and budget control to fundraising, research and social marketing.
Then we’ll use your new experience to write the CV that puts you head and shoulders above the hundreds of other jobseekers chasing the job you want. And it doesn’t stop there because we’ll train and rehearse you in how to take control of the interview that impresses your new employers.
Listen to what Chris has to say about his experience, then check out the latest project news and call us when you’re ready to join in
“The skills I learnt with Friday People are exactly what impressed my new employers”,
(Chris – Friday People beneficiary)
The key to success has been to create work experience projects which not only inspire jobseekers but also enthuse employers.
For example, Zach’s ambition was to secure a job in advertising but he lacked the credibility that only experience can offer – until he joined Friday People and the Maidstone River Festival project. Now working in London as an advertising account manager having faced 5 interviews in competition with 175 other applicants:
“I succeeded because my new employers really wanted to talk about how I helped organise the River Festival. In fact, we spent 90% of every interview discussing how my team created an event that attracted 20,000 visitors”
We believe that our approach is making a real difference but the problem is even more challenging for young people dropping out of education. They’re not only facing competition from more skilled peers but employers’ are also skeptical about their commitment to work:
“I can’t trust younger workers to do what we take for granted – like getting to work on time ….we waste time and energy supervising them”
(Kent employer 2013).
We’re now planning a new initiative – ‘Kick Start Careers’ which brings together employers’ concerns, young NEETs’ motivational triggers and our own mainstream experience so we that can begin to tackle the issues facing young people dropping out of education (aged 16-18).
“Friday People’s work is a brilliant example of thinking outside the box to get our youngsters into employment.”
(Helen Grant, MP)