What is the programme?
Job Creators (previously Make a Job Get a Job) is our newest programme: a three month blended learning programme for young people aged 18 - 24. We’ve had a lot of feedback from workshop participants, parents and other young people we know that the the transition after education is hard and confusing. Questions such as:
Should I go to uni, polytech or a trade? I have no idea what I’m good at or like. What’s an entrepreneur? Could I possibly do that? What do I do when I’ve done a degree but I really hate it and don’t want to go into that career? What now?
From this feedback we designed Job Creators. It’s for those transitioning from high school to the workforce or higher education, and don’t know what they want to do with their lives, or are exploring multiple options. It’s about exploring options and getting support to choose a potential pathway.
Job Creators combines workshops, online live sessions, peer mentoring, self-directed online tools and local business community connections to help young people work out their next steps and take action. It’s a holistic approach to career planning, one which teaches enterprise skills and builds confidence and resilience at the same time.
Job Creators helps participants gain a better understanding of their potential strength areas and career options, to learn more about the world of work and decide if they would be best suited as an employee, entrepreneur or small business owner, then research and take steps towards that goal by making a plan. Along the way, participants are supported and coached with a facilitator and community mentor to make informed decisions.
The programme takes 3 months, with weekly activities, regular face to face and online workshops, and online activities.
What can you expect to learn?
Job Creators consists of:
An introductory workshop to identify individual strengths, motivators and skills as a platform for considering different options in the work of work. The workshop includes connecting with others in the same situation, and setting up a peer mentoring system. You can expect to learn more about your strengths and what you’re good at.
A live online session exploring the world of work and different options - including hearing from different types of businesspeople. You can expect to learn more about the business world, including different options that aren’t usually covered in a school or university careers seminar.
Creating a plan for potential next steps, and having this plan reviewed by subject matter experts and coaches. You can expect support to explore different options and create a plan.
The next step is to attend a workshop where participants have the option to explore either (a) CV and interview skills training or (b) the basics of being an entrepreneur. Depending on your plan, you can choose to attend one or the other.
The programme is supported by online modules to further grow the soft skills required to be successful in the world of work. You can expect to learn more about the soft skills needed to be successful in the world of work.
The Job Creators programme concludes with a celebratory workshop.