By creating meaningful corporate volunteering opportunities for employees, you can increase job satisfaction, improve retention rates and generate positive publicity.

iWork Youth Employment Team: here to help you volunteer with young people

Our links with local schools can help you engage young people to create a buzz around your sector, bring fresh ideas to your business and support your recruitment and staff development strategies.

From mentoring and careers advice through to sector specific programmes, we can work with you to develop your own links with schools to suit your business. Here are just a few ways you can get involved:

  • Career champions help inspire young people to choose Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers as we continue to see growth in related sectors.
  • Business Enterprise Learning to help pupils to hone their entrepreneurial skills.
  • Business visits to broaden horizons and give pupils insight into the world of work.
  • Presenting Yourself Days held at schools to build pupils employability skills.
  • Career talks in schools to inspire pupils and raise their aspirations; opening their eyes to new career options.

The team can also help you attract and recruit talented local young people through apprenticeships and entry level roles.

Mentor local unemployed job seekers in your workplace

Get Set for Work matches unemployed residents with meaningful work experience opportunities. We can support you to nurture candidates for those harder-to-recruit roles and showcase your business to local people.

Get Set for Work is an unpaid placement in your organisation for one or two days per week for up to 12 weeks. The placements vary according to the business, but would typically involve providing hands-on practical skills, work shadowing and access to training.

We will support you to develop placement opportunities, draft a role description and we will draw up a shortlist of local candidates.

BIG Alliance: helping you find local volunteering opportunities

The BIG Alliance is a business-supported employee volunteer programme set up to strengthen links between businesses and community organisations, schools, colleges and universities across Islington.

Since being set up in 2012, almost 1,000 corporate volunteers have been placed into a range of roles including one-off and ongoing opportunities. If you’re looking for a rewarding and cost-effective way to keep your staff engaged and energised, the Big Alliance will work with you to identify suitable mentoring opportunities.

To find out how you can make the most of your local volunteering, please contact:

iWork Youth Employment team 
Big Alliance