As part of the third annual Be the Change Programme launched in November last year, LoveLocalJobs.com hosted their first 2019 Stepping Up conference for students from across Gatwick and Crawley in January.
Search Consultancy, long-standing partner of LoveLocalJobs.com, is among the sponsors, which include First Central), B&CE, Crawley Borough Council, L3 Commercial Aviation, NatWest, SHW and the Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust.
Students between the ages of 13 and 14 were encouraged to become positive role models and were taught that by working together they have the potential to be a positive influence and make an impact in their respective schools and communities.
Overall the conference helped the young people to develop life skills and create positive cycles. The year 9 students were also taken by surprise and were joined by local primary school students for them to mentor at the Charis Centre in Crawley.
The Be the Change programme has over 40 volunteers from local businesses and the public sector, acting as business guides helping young people fulfil their potential and improve their life chances. Over the course of the school year the students will work with the business volunteers at inspirational conferences, one-to-one mentoring sessions and workplace visits.
Of the conference, Search Consultancy business guide and Divisional Manager for Aviation recruitment, Margaret Philips said: “It’s inspiring to see how much progress the young people have made since the launch of the Be the Change Programme last year. I look forward to seeing how they continue to grow and develop their skills and confidence in the months to come.”
“The Be the Change programme gives young people an excellent opportunity to fulfil their full potential and improve their chances of achieving success in life. I’m truly delighted to be a part of it.”
Anthony Eagle, another business guide and Senior Consultant for Financial Services recruitment added: “It has been brilliant to see these young people grow as much as they have done in such a short space of time. I am very proud to be a part of the Be the Change programme and wish that I had a similar opportunity when I was at School.”