Michael is 22 and lives in Haringey. He started to volunteer at his local youth club (a London Youth member organisation) St Mary’s Youth Club located in Islington, coaching young people aged eight to 18 in football skills.

Whilst volunteering over 100 hours with London Youth on their Youth Advisory Board, Dare London, Michael completed a National Open College Network (NOCN) Level Two accreditation entitled Learning from Volunteering.

Talking about his volunteering experience and the various transferrable skills he has gained, Michael comments:“As part of Dare London I have been on interview panels, attended board meetings and represented London Youth at external events. The confidence to speak to new people in interviews and to approach new challenges is what employers will notice the most.”

As part of his volunteering, Michael has also been matched up with a volunteer mentor from Silicon Valley Bank. This programme sees Michael meet with his mentor once a fortnight for a three-month period working on his confidence and employability skills.”…Having a mentor has really helped me to improve my CV and interview techniques”, says Michael.

Since the mentor programme began, Michael has successfully applied for the position of Logistics Officer for The Challenge Network, and is now in post.