Make a difference
Led by the Greater London Authority (GLA), Workspace and Business in the Community (BITC), InspiresMe is an initiative set up to help encourage entrepreneurship and to provide work experience and key skills to young people in London.
InspiresMe Week offers 16-18 year old students a one-week internship programme, running from 13-17 February 2017, providing the opportunity to develop their skills base and learn what it takes to work with one of London’s New and Growing Companies.
Companies all across London such as yours help make the week a success. By providing access to real day-to-day businesses, you can offer the students insight and experience that they simply couldn’t get otherwise.
And that’s not all the students get. After four days of working with some of the city’s best businesses, they’re invited to take part in an Enterprise Challenge designed to help them consolidate on and showcase what they’ve learned.
During the event, students team up and work to develop a business idea under the supervision of experienced business mentors. These ideas are then pitched to a panel of judges and prize money is awarded to the selected winners to help them take their idea forward.
Your business could benefit from InspiresMe Week
Participating in InspiresMe Week can be hugely valuable to your business. You and your team would benefit from the insight and fresh ideas that a young person can bring to a project, as well as the development of coaching and mentoring skills within your company. It could even be a recruitment tool as we have seen companies offer further work experience to students who interned with them as part of the initiative. In addition, there are profile raising opportunities for your business through the communications and PR initiatives driven by the GLA, Workspace and BITC.
Previous participants have been very positive about the way InspiresMe Week has helped enhance their work.
Quentin Crowe, managing director for The Marketers’ Forum, said:
“Our business was encouraged to get involved with InspiresMe as we were keen to learn how the next generation of school leavers think and behave.
“Working with them enables organisations like us to better understand how to engage with the next generation of customers and employees."
Ben Prouty, head of corporate development for LOVESPACE, said:
“The InspiresMe initiative was very well organised, with clearly outlined objectives in advance of our student joining. I can only speak for our business but I would also hope that we gave our student a real opportunity to contribute to real-life projects, rather than simply admin work.
“Put simply, it's the ideal opportunity for businesses to view their product through the lens of the next generation of customers, whilst providing a chance that could truly change someone's life.”
What happens during the four-day placement?
Your business will receive a full resource pack detailing potential ideas for how the student can work with you during the week. The pack also contains a number of observation sheets and a reflection journal that’ll enable both you and the student to detail your thoughts on the week as a whole.
How much preparation will your business need to do to participate?
You’ll have constant support from the InspiresMe team in order to make the week as easy and stress-free as possible. The only things you’ll need to commit to are:
- Training webinar ahead of work placement: one hour
- Risk assessment written for student: 30 minutes
- Internal preparation to host a student: a level of support to be provided
- Work placement: four days
- Celebration event: full or half day (optional, but your support is hugely appreciated)
- Feedback and evaluation: 30 minutes
Get in touch to find out more
By participating in InspiresMe Week, you’ll be making a huge contribution to the future lives of young people living in London and you’ll also be able to obtain unique insight into this demographic. If you’re interested in participating, please register your interest here.
Or if you’d like to find out a bit more or meet the team, then we’ll be in the reception area at the following Workspace locations from 12-2pm on the following days – we’d love to meet you so come along for a chat!
19th – Kennington Park
20th – Metal Box Factory
22nd – ScreenWorks
23rd – Clerkenwell Workshops
10th – Westbourne Studios
11th – Vox Studios
12th – Pill Box
13th – The Print Rooms
14th – Barley Mow Centre
17th – Canalot Studios and Grand Union Studios
18th – Quality Court
19th – Fleet Street
20th – Cargo Works
21st – The Light Bulb