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.
One of the focus’ of Salford Foundation’s Business Education Partnership (BEP) is to support businesses and their employees to get actively involved in the community. Through the ‘Take Five’ initiative, the Salford Foundation’s BEP aims to offer a simple but structured programme for businesses to start engaging in local schools. What we ask from our businesses is that they sign up to a five day commitment; that is to say that the business commits to sending a representative to at least five of our events throughout the year.
Salford Foundation’s BEP runs many events with schools across Greater Manchester to bridge the gap between school and the world of work. 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 that 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.
What people are saying
''In my opinion, the students have learnt that the gap in opportunities isn't beyond them and they can now showcase themselves''
Careers Lead at Broad Oak Sports College
''I've really enjoyed the day. The pupils were very receptive and prepared for the interviews. Thank you for the opportunity to come and get involved''
Business Volunteer from Barclays, Bury
"This was my first time interviewing a candidate: it was a really good experience and I learned a lot.
I’m hoping to apply for a management position so it’s good practice for me and I’m so pleased that (interviewee) found it helpful.
The event was well planned and successfully executed. The questions you provided for me to use really helped."
Business Volunteer from BNY Mellon