Supporting London's Young Adults Through Education
& Employement Opportunities
Ben was the Vice Principal of Pearson Collage for seven years and involved in Higher Education for a further ten years. Ben was passionate about giving students and young adults from all backgrounds the very best opportunities to enhance their skills and to connect with industry to learn on the job. Ben was tragically killed in 2018, but his spirit lives on in all those students who grasp opportunities and turn them into valuable life experiences.
2020 and the fallout from the global pandemic has affected us all in a negative way. For many students and young adults this has been a disastrous time. Their studies have been interrupted, their exams cancelled, and the future of job opportunities remains very uncertain. Now more than ever, we need to support the next generation.
Here are our exciting plans showing how we will deliver for students and young adults across Westminster.
Students or young adults with a side hustle and possibly that next great business idea, will be invited to pitch for inverstment. They may need to buy a piece of software or build a website for example and some funding will help that next step of the business come to fruition.
Students will be invited to competitively pitch for small amount of money and let our panel of business experts know what they wish to do with their investment and how it will benefit the business. Those that successfully pitch will also be assigned a mentor to help them with their exciting side hustle.
WBC will work with our network to find work experience opportunities. The fund will help to pay young adults the London Living Wage to attend and complete their work experince placement be that virtually or in a physical workplace. Employers will be asked to give feedback that will support the development of the young adult involved.
WBC is creating a Life Skills Academy - a series of virtual interactive workshops for young adults to improve soft skills, including:
By the end of 2021, Westminster Business Council will have:
Can you provide some virtual or physical work experience? WBC will recruit someone to help your business.
Perhaps you have a particular project you need help with? A student could help your business and gain valuable experience.
Could you or someone in your company deliver a session as part of our Life Skills Academy?
Could you talk to young adults about your industry, the challenges of working in your industry, your top tips and advice?
Every penny we raise will go towards supporting young adults with access to training, work experience and job opportunities. Whatever you can give will be fantastic, but here are some examples of how we will thank you for your kind donation and what difference it will make.
WBC will write to you regularly with updates on the number of young adults helped as a result of your donation and the examples of success stories we can share
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