What led Euromonitor to start providing opportunities for young people with learning disabilities?

When CSR manager Catherine Dix surveyed Euromonitor staff, she discovered an enthusiasm amongst them to help local people with learning disabilities with their employability. This has led to a partnership with Samuel Rhodes School to provide mentoring for their 6th form students, focussing on employability skills, body language and presentation. Teachers soon noticed positive changes in the students, but Euromonitor staff also became increasingly aware of the extra challenges that the students faced in the job market. ‘It was frustrating for our staff members because they couldn’t see why there weren’t more jobs suitable for these people’, comments Catherine.

What impact has mentoring had on the firm?

Euromonitor have looked at their own processes to see if they can offer more opportunities for those with learning disabilities. As a result of this, they have used ‘job carving’ to design a role around one of their ex-mentees from Samuel Rhodes. ‘She will come in once a week as a trainee receptionist, with a view to it becoming a permanent job’. As well as a great opportunity for the individual, it also gives the firm a chance to test job carving as an approach. If it works well, they will have a clear model to replicate across the business. The involvement of Tim Kitchin the firm’s CEO (a mentor himself) has also been crucial in ensuring that the company as a whole learns from these experiences.

What have been the business benefits of mentoring and ‘job carving’?

Catherine is clear that mentoring and job carving have provided visible benefits across the firm. By asking all staff to analyse their tasks, they have been able to increase their efficiency by removing tasks that could potentially be done by someone else. Working as a mentor has also led to growth and development opportunities for staff, especially around communication skills. One staff member commented ‘I believe I have become a better manager, because it has made me think more about how I explain concepts and communicate’.

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