Future Talent was a pilot programme delivered from April 2019 until February 2020 with 10 London Youth member organisations. At the heart of Future Talent was the importance of working early with young people (aged 14-18), exciting them with opportunities and providing first-hand experience of positive career paths. Young people were supported through the trusted relationships they already held within their youth organisations and with their youth workers.
The programme developed their essential skills (Skills Builder), improved their employability skills and provided them with opportunities to build up their social and professional networks by attending inspire events and work experience opportunities in a range of sectors.
The components of the programme were:
- Personal development – developing life and employability skills such as staying positive, teamwork and problem solving
- Inspire – introducing young people to the workplace and enabling them to grow their professional nextworks
- Experience – multiple, meaningful work experiences to inform future career decisions
- Support – one-to-one coaching and mentoring by youth workers
- Capacity building – developing employability resources and staff skills at youth organisations