Could you mentor a young person and make a real difference to their future? InspiresMe is looking for businesses to host one or more students for a four-day work-experience placement in February 2017 and support them at a one-day Enterprise Challenge and Celebration Event on the final day.

Quentin Crowe (left in picture below), managing director and founder of The Marketers’ Forum, mentored Shanaz Begum (centre) from Quintin Kynaston Community Academy during InspiresMe Week 2016.

“She impressed us with her can-do attitude” - Quentin Crowe, The Marketers Forum

Quentin: “The core of what our company does is training people. The people that we work with tend to be university graduates so InspiresMe Week is a great opportunity to connect with 16- and 17-year-olds. Shanaz worked with us for four days and she impressed us so much with her can-do attitude that she’s coming back to us for three weeks’ work experience.

Quentin and Shanaz

 

“InspiresMe is as much about being inspired myself as it is about inspiring these young people. When I attended the InspiresMe Ambassadors’ Day in July, I was genuinely impressed by the entrepreneurial spirit on show.

"Eight people in the group I mentored asked me for my business card. The bravest followed up, asking for further advice – two of them even pitched some business ideas at me! Building and maintaining a network of experts is a core skill that will pay dividends throughout your career. Sadly, it’s a skill that’s rarely taught.”

'I could see that my ideas were actually taken seriously' - Shanaz Begum, student

Shanaz: “I wanted to find a company within the marketing sector, so The Marketers’ Forum was perfect. The company specialises in Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) courses, so I was involved in presenting and marketing to students via the website.

I think this has been beneficial on so many levels and has undoubtedly boosted confidence and allowed them to see what they are ‘good at’.

Vanessa Kenneth, Marylebone High School

"I was working as part of different teams, planning and thinking about what to put on the website, and I got to see all the different aspects of marketing – and I could see that my ideas were actually taken seriously; they were put into the website and I could see the changes within a week.

"I’m going back for an internship, and I’ve been offered a CIM course for free. I wasn’t sure before whether I wanted to do English or marketing at uni, but since the work placement, I’d definitely say marketing.”

The winning team with Quentin

"They have relished the input of busy, working adults" - Vanessa Kenneth, a teacher at Marylebone High School

Vanessa said: "I think InspiresMe has been beneficial for the students on so many levels and has undoubtedly boosted confidence and allowed them to see what they are ‘good at’. There may be students who don’t return into Year 13 due to low grades but the Inspiresme experience will have shown them that they have capabilities outside of an academic classroom which, as we know, is what most jobs rely on - not a string of As.

They have relished the input of busy, working adults into their week and have been boosted by getting excellent comments from them.

 Vanessa Kenneth, Marylebone High School

"The students have relished the input of busy, working adults into their week and have been boosted by getting excellent comments from them. Again, this has helped these young people to realise that they have valid opinions and that others will listen if they articulate with confidence and commitment.

"I would like all our students to go through similar experiences and I think we would see more motivation for their studies and their desire to succeed in something."

Would you like to provide a work placement for a student during InspiresMe Week 2017 or simply provide a day of mentoring support? Your business can inspire entrepreneurship and encourage young people to develop the professional skills they need to enjoy a great career. If you’re interested in signing up, click here.