By Teejay Dowe – Talent Dynamics for Young People
Thanks to the wonderful generosity and sponsorship from two Swindon-based companies, The Brunel Shopping Centre and Thirdline IT, we ran our second Work Ready Program in July in Swindon. The Brunel donated their board room for the event which meant that once again, our young people had to show up to a place of work. The deal for them was:
a. Show up looking like you are coming to work
b. Show up at 8.45am to start at 9am
c. Present youself politely at reception
d. Play full out for 2 days
e. Have fun 😀
10 young people showed up before time to start on time and looking smart (yayy!! – first outcome achieved!)
To break the ice a little we had fun in teams with rope and as you can see is IS possible to tie a bow with everyone working together and NOT taking their hands off the rope at any time during the process 😀
Then to introductions…which…predictably were short and sweet as they struggled to find anything good to say about themselves.
Next….the MAGIC begins…….we get out all of the blocks to employment that they think they face and using the profiles we explore who they really are:
a. As an individual
b. As a leader
c. As a team member
d. The things that they are naturally great at
e. The things that will challenge them
f. What they bring to an employer
g. How AMAZING they are 😀
Seeing these 10 young people transform before your eyes is truly breath taking, inspiring and mind-blowing! From nothing to say about their strengths on day 1 to each doing a 5 mini presentation about themselves on day 2 – they’re like different people!
A young man with a speech impediment who has been bullied because of it and hardly says a word stands up and tells the world who he is with such clarity and confidence that even he is amazed and immediately asks if he can do it again! Incredible!
Next the opportunity to put to put insight in to action as they take part in a business challenge and work together to provide a solution and present back to the group.
Finally the blocks disappear as they realise that what they thought were obstacles are no longer going to stop them and as the barriers go down the possibilities go up and mentors are chosen to continue them on their journey.
Work Ready also launched in Australia in July and as soon as I have the pics and the news I’ll be sharing that event with you. In August Work Ready will be run in Milton Keynes with Cassie Footman, in September in Swindon with Rachel O’Kennedy and also in September in Blackpool with myself .
If you want to know more about running programs where you are then please get in touch with me firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s connect to see how we help make that real 😀
Teejay Dowe will be leading one of the Break- Out sessions at the Trust Conference on September 11th.