Search supports RECLAIM's Enterprise Week
Over the course of two days, youth leadership and social change organisation, RECLAIM brought their team of working class young people to Search’s Manchester office as part of their Enterprise Week project.
Enterprise Week was launched shortly after Search committed to supporting the Food Festival project by RECLAIM’s Moss Side Girls - a team of teenage girls who pitched for funding to aid their initiative which seeks to minimise the stigma associated with their community.
On day 1, the teenagers underwent a presentation and interview training session led by Recruitment Leaders at Search, while day 2 was an opportunity for them to put what they learned into practice by delivering a pitch for social change to a Dragon’s Den style panel of Divisional Managers from Search.
The subject of the pitch, brainstormed by a team of five young people from RECLAIM, was a touching appeal to aid the homeless with mobile medical care, food and shelter. These bright and creative individuals also came up with a heart-warming slogan – The Bed Bus Family.
Natalie McCluskey, Search Associate Director for Call and Contact Centre and Mark Bustos, Divisional Manager for Scientific, showed the young people how to present a pitch for change. Natalie emphasised the importance of market research to pin point demands and needs in the market, while Mark explained how data and statistics serve to make a proposal more convincing. The young people then took the time to outline a SWOT analysis.
Day 1 was concluded with a brief interview training session, where both Natalie and Mark walked the young people through the S.T.A.R interview technique – whereby candidates follow a story-telling structure of responses to demonstrate their professional competencies, outlining a specific situation, task, action and result.
The following day was the young peoples' opportunity to shine. They certainly succeeded in making an excellent impression on our judges panel comprised of Search Divisional Managers Martin Delahoyde - HR, John Murphy - Medical and Benjamin Applewhaite - IT. The panel was charmed by a bold and confident greeting from one of the teenagers, who took the initiative to test her public speaking skills by welcoming each judge into the room before the presentation took place.
The young people then delivered a comprehensive presentation, outlining their mission statement to provide support, food and shelter to the homeless. They showcased their SWOT analysis, and noted that Manchester currently has the largest homeless population in the Northwest. The presentation was concluded with a breakdown of the costs and budget they would need to launch the project, with a call to action for investment towards their noble cause.
Martin said: “I was truly blown away by the execution of the presentation. These bright young minds not only demonstrated a creative idea, they pitched for innovation in social change because they aim to materialise a charitable concept that has never been achieved before.”
“It was a very impressive performance by young people with little or no experience in public speaking or delivering presentations. The confidence and composure that they demonstrated on the day was extremely admirable, and something that each of them should be very proud of,” Benjamin added.
A round of mock interviews followed the presentation, and the young people were given an opportunity to discover what it will be like to have an interview during a job search.
Aeve Ribbons, Community Relationships Lead at RECLAIM, said: "The 'Bed Bus Friends' team had an amazing experience working with Search in this project. Although they were a bit nervous upon arrival, the warmth and friendliness of the team soon put the young people at ease, to the point where they became excited to be there."
"The encouragement and constructive feedback the young people received on their presentation was both motivational and inspirational. Each individual left feeling proud and confident in their achievements."
"On behalf of RECLAIM, we thank Search and all the staff involved, who provided these young people with a unique experience which they will carry with them in their professional and personal lives."
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