The Take Five Initiative supports businesses and their employees to ‘Take Five’ out of their day to give back to local schools in their community through volunteering their time.
Salford Foundation’s Business Education Partnership runs many events with schools across Greater Manchester to bridge the gap between school and the world of work. What we ask from our businesses is that they sign up to a give day commitment; that is to say that the business commits to sending a representative to at least five of our events throughout the year.
There are four main activities that we run: World of Work, Mock Interviews, Tycoon Launch and the Work Preparation programme.
World of Work
We invite a variety of businesses to talk to students about different jobs, industries, qualifications and run a group activity highlighting specific job roles. Students will ‘carousel’ around each representative to find out about job opportunities and career options.
Mock interviews give students the opportunity to experience a one-to-one interview with a business volunteer. The students will also have an opportunity to receive feedback after the interview.
Tycoon Launch is an enterprise challenge the places students into small enterprise teams competing against each other to design a product for potential investors. Teams must produce a prototype and pitch to a panel of business representatives.
Work Preparation Programme
This one year programme is a great opportunity for students to prepare for the world of work and for schools to integrate into their stable careers programme. Students will look at three distinct sessions: Personal Branding, Interview Preparation and a CV workshop.
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