Young people in Bristol praised for great employability skills by business bosses
Bristol business leaders have recognised young people taking part in the Community Apprentice programme as having great employability skills.
The young people were congratulated after presenting their plans to tackle a range of community issues in Bristol at a Pitch Challenge event, which was attended by over 100 young people.
They came together to promote their campaigns to local senior business leaders in the hope of receiving up to £100 each to help get their projects off the ground.
Director at NOMA Architects Stephen Davis said:
"Each one of the groups had stand out ideas and concepts, an inspirational range of subjects from sustainabilty, and mental health through working with drug projects. This whole project really does demonstrate to them how to put an idea across and make their idea stand out."
The students taking part in the event attended from 9 local schools including Merchants' Academy, Colston's Girls' School, and St Brendan's Sixth Form.
In preparation for the Pitch Challenge students received mentoring with local business professionals to hone their project plans and presentation skills. Great Western Railway, whose employees are engaged in the business mentoring programme, generously sponsored the Pitch Challenge, together with First West of England.
Director Robin Keyte from KEYTE Chartered Financial Planners said,
"These are incredibly important life skills from an employment point of view that young people will need when they move into work, to engage with and talk to potential employers, and describe what they're able to do."
This is the second of three challenges in our Community-Apprentice programme and the young people will have the opportunity to apply the lessons they have learned in another presentation when they go into the boardroom later this summer. This time Bristol Mayor George Ferguson will be evaluating their performance to select a winning team based on their impact on local communities.