Businesses can connect with young people and take advantage of unlimited opportunities to promote their apprenticeships, jobs, work experience and other activities and events through the new interactive website and free matching and brokerage service Your Future:Here.
Your Future;Here was made possible with funding from the Sellafield Ltd SiX Social Impact multiplied programme, enabling the development of the brokerage and signposting service. It will connect young people aged 16-25 to opportunities with the county’s wider business community through one ‘plug-in’ place via the new website www.cumbriafutureleaders.org.uk or via the integrated www.cforlp.org.uk site.
The Centre for Leadership Performance, working with members of Cumbria Future Leaders Steering Group has created the new website that improves access to opportunities for young people. Your Future:Here integrates interactive information from a wide range of sources, signposting jobs, vacancies, and providing an online community where apprentices, graduates and young people across Cumbria can feel at home and connected through networking and other activities.
Tracey West Social Impact Manager at Sellafield Ltd says “There are lots of great opportunities available for young people but often they aren’t visible for all to see. The brokerage encourages and enables our supply chain and other businesses to share and promote their opportunities and connect with young people, all in one place.As well as supportingyoung professionals, college students, apprentices and graduates, it also provides engagement and a resource for parents and educators.
The Centre for Leadership Performance works to develop Cumbria’s leaders for today and tomorrow working with educators, young people and businesses from Primary education to Retirement, building our leadership community and promoting lifelong leadership learning across Cumbria. The Your Future:Here brokerage platform connects to the Centre’s main website to ensure it is providing partners, the wider business community and young people with opportunities to connect at multiple levels throughout their learning journey, sharing learning and knowledge, and building collaborative partnerships and support networks.
Executive Director at the CforLP Sarah Glass explains: “We know there is great work taking place across Cumbria to support young people but they also encounter barriers to seizing opportunities. We want to improve the structure to offer opportunities for all young people and promote all the great work taking place including making it easier to take up apprenticeships, jobs, and to access networking events and other resources in one ‘plug-in’ place.
“Through YourFuture:Here we want to encourage our business networks across Cumbria to send us details of their latest vacancies, apprenticeships or work experience opportunities and share any useful resources and information about events and support for this age group. We also want to encourage employers to promote Cumbria Future Leaders and the Your Future:Here brokerage and signposting service to their young workers in the 16-25 range.
“It will make it easier for them to connect with other young people, access young professional networks for support and guidance, and take part in activities that seek to give them a voice on key issues that matter most to them through Cumbria Future Leaders’ ‘Your Voice’ and Leadership Insight events and mentoring programmes.