Working with the Working Knowledge
Author: Bill Wynn
This Thursday I will have the privilege of spending my day at Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College, Birmingham, as a guest business expert for Working Knowledge. As a business with an office in South East Birmingham (Solihull to be exact), we are always looking to employ great new talent to join our Birmingham office, plus we want to add value to the local communities in which we are based. So when the chance arose for me to help the Working Knowledge team, it seemed to fit our business ethos well.
What is Working Knowledge all about?
Working Knowledge is a social enterprise that bridges the gap between education and the workplace. There admirable goal is to create a national movement to challenge, inspire and motivate 10,000 young people aged 16-19 in education to define and achieve their career goals with the support of over 500 talented employee volunteers from leading UK industries.
It’s well documented that things are tough for the UK’s youth. One million are unemployed, university fees are making many think twice about Higher Education and business on the whole believes that education is not preparing young people for the workplace, which I wholeheartedly agree with.
Working Knowledge are working hard to make a difference.
Over the last seven years they have delivered more than 300 funded events that have simulated the workplace for thousands of students involving more than 1,500 business volunteers, of which I am now one. Their highly regarded events help prepare the next generation of young people for the world of work by raising their aspirations, confidence and employable skill sets.
I am looking forward to developing our partnership with Working Knowledge and helping them to achieve their vision. Apparently the day will be a cross between the Apprentice and Dragon’s Den, with a focus on confidence building activities. Here is a video I found which highlights a little more or what it's all about:
I’ll let you know how I get on at this event in my blog post next week.