Volunteering to learn: developing new skills and behaviours
Key challenges and barriers Training and support Keeping volunteering voluntary Time constraints, resources and logistical issues Measuring impact Less than 2/5 (39%) integrate into HR strategies Business buy-in Employee interest and action Skills analysis
HR volunteering: volunteering programmes for CIPD members Steps Ahead mentoring Inspiring the future
increase and improve their engagement with young people Help prepare Make more youth friendly For young jobseekers aged 18 to 24 A way to access HR expertise from CIPD members and increase their chances of success in the UK job market. For HR professionals (CIPD members) The opportunity to volunteer to build face-to-face mentoring relationships with young jobseekers in their local area A free, national programme especially developed by CIPD to register and match mentors and mentees via an easy to use online portal. Steps Ahead Mentoring programme
increase and improve their engagement with young people Help prepare Make more youth friendly Steps Ahead Mentoring programme – mentor experience
Success to date “The mentors are far more than decent people who want to help out - they are HR professionals who know first-hand what it is that their organisations look for when recruiting young people.” Jo Gadian, Jobcentre Plus District SPOC South London
Benefit of volunteering with young people Helps career progression and acquisition of new expertise Helps unlock potential and motivation Help understand challenges young people today face Creating positive social change and impact “ The experience has really put me in touch with what it’s like to be young and unemployed today. It’s broadened my understanding - I can see a disconnect between the worlds of education and employment. I think part of the answer is to get businesses into schools earlier and give young people a better insight into the world of work when they do get opportunities for experience.” Sara, Steps Ahead mentor
Steps Ahead pilot running in Edinburgh and Leith from October 2014 27 mentees signed up 36 Mentors 24 current mentoring relationships New Step Launching Steps Ahead in Glasgow March 2015 2014 Steps Ahead Mentoring - Scotland
Local Support Keith Watson - The CIPD branch chair for East and South East Scotland “It’s an exceptionally useful and simple method that benefits both parties and I've never seen it as a “top-down” or “parent-child” relationship. With Steps Ahead Mentoring, it’s important to understand that the programme not only increases the understanding of the young people involved but also helps HR to understand the challenges they are facing in the current job market” Tony Reeves - Steps Ahead Mentoring Ambassador for South East Scotland Tony is currently a branch committee member and has been for 15 years in a range of posts. Tony’s motivation for helping comes from his parents who did loads of voluntary work. He is the same and thinks his HR roles and leisure activities have helped him fulfil this motivation.
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