JCI Belfast 'GetSetGo’ Employability Skills Workshop

Member

Michael Steel


Duration

From August 1 to November 30, 2017

Target

40 Young People


Target population

100


Target avg age

25


People impacted

40


Sustainable Development Goal

Quality Education


Development stage

Education and Economic Empowerment


Purpose

To partner with Youth Action NI on this worthwhile project to give employability skills to young people in Belfast


Overview

JCI Belfast were delighted to recently partner with Youth Action Northern Ireland on their ‘GetSetGo’ Employability skills workshop at University of Ulster Jordanstown.

The day itself took place in the grand surroundings of the Main Hall at Jordanstown and we were excited to welcome over 40 young people to the event to try and answer their questions about identifying skills and finding employment.

It was inspiring to be welcomed to the University by Dr Wendy Saunderson, who clearly has a keen interest in providing excellent development opportunities for her students.
The main part of the project took the form of two workshops, one in the morning around general employability skills and another after lunch which discussed the best way to prepare for, and take part in, an interview.

As recent graduates themselves, JCI were able to share their own experiences of trying to find work and found that the young people were very receptive to some of the advice offered.

JCI were also very excited to be approached by an ex-member (we won’t say how old!) who was eager to help connect the newly reformed chamber with other organisations in Belfast who may be able to assist their rapid growth!

JCI are committed to providing training and professional development opportunities to young people around Belfast so it was a pleasure to partner Youth Action NI on this excellent project and see the young people take practical advice away with them from the day.

JCI Belfast will be running a number of training and development opportunities throughout 2017 so keep an eye on Facebook, Twitter and our website for more details.


Results

JCI Belfast member, William Redpath,

'It was a pleasure to partner with Youth Action NI on this worthwhile project. The mission of JCI is to provide professional and personal development opportunities for young people. Many of those attending felt it was a great use of their time and was a unique opportunity to get industry advice to complement that of the university's career service.'

One of the young people attending the event noted:
‘The day was very beneficial. It helped me gain more confidence and awareness of what employers are looking for’. I enjoyed the interview session as it showed me what should and shouldn’t be done at interview’.


Recommendations

To look to grow the event next year to reach even more young people in this way.

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