Youth Hub Update!

The Youth Hub at Sheffield United Community Foundation helps 16-24 year olds find employment, training and education. Here’s what’s been going on recently…

In November we were lucky enough to have Oliver King Consulting come to our hub and run a mentoring group with 17 of the Youth Hub participants. They gave support with CVs, interview technique, careers advice and how to effectively use LinkedIn. The participants really enjoyed the session.

One participant said: “I attended a mentoring event with Oliver King Consulting through the Youth Hub at Bramall Lane, and I really enjoyed the event. The Oliver King staff were very helpful and friendly, talking to us about ways to get into employment, and how to navigate the working world. It was great to be there with other young people, learning about skills surrounding employment and exploring new concepts. The event was very laid back and wasn’t at all intimidating as the staff were very down to earth and it felt like they understood our perspectives. It was really helpful and gave me a better understanding of the world of work. It was a positive experience and I would recommend it to others.

Thank you to Sam, Amy, Tyler and Yolanda from Oliver King Consulting for giving such excellent advice! Check out Oliver King Consulting here.

We also held a job and training fair in November at the Blades Family Hub, with six employers and eight training providers attending. 55 people came along and it was a great day, with lots of our customers signing up for training and obtaining interviews from speaking to the employers.

For our participants’ mock interviews, we’ve had a lot of support from Community Foundation staff and employers such as Boohoo and Sheffield Sustainability Services. This has really helped the participants develop their confidence with interviews and practice their answers in a realistic setting. We also have the National Careers Service at our hub every 2 weeks to help with CVs, cover letters and careers advice, and a Disability Employment Advisor who supports people with health conditions in finding work or gaining new skills.

Every month, we organise a walk with our participants. We have been to Graves Park, the Christmas markets for a hot chocolate and, the most popular of all, tours of Bramall Lane. This involves walking round the pitch, going into the changing rooms and into the executive boxes. We have another one of these tours planned in January and can’t wait!

We are very happy with how the Youth Hub is going, and since starting in April we’ve had almost 50 participants go into employment!

Click here for more information on how you can get involved with the Youth Hub.