A new scheme to develop young business-minded talent through experienced talent has been launched in Lincolnshire.
The first meeting of the new Mini Exec Club scheme saw 20 young people from a range of Lincolnshire schools attend a dinner at The DoubleTree by Hilton in Lincoln where each person was introduced to a mentor from a local business.
The Mini Exec Club is an idea born out of the Exec Club - a bi-monthly networking dinner organised by Streets Chartered Accountants and Langleys Solicitors LLP.
Twenty senior directors of local companies were immediately keen to become involved.
Lincolnshire schools were invited to nominate a young person to attend the event and be paired with a chief executive, who was their host for the evening.
The young people had the opportunity to talk to their allocated partner about their particular industry and ask general questions about the world of work.
At the end of the evening, the young person and the business mentor discussed how to continue their relationship, through telephone calls, by email, with visits to the workplace, support with university and job applications and a work experience placement.
The EBP gave advice to the businesses on working with young people and on good safeguarding practice. A follow-up dinner is planned for June 2016.
“This is a great opportunity for the worlds of business and education to interact, and to give young people an insight into the world of work,” said Elaine Lilley, chief executive of The EBP.
“I am hugely grateful to members of The Exec Club for their willingness to give up their valuable time to support the project, which is part of a wider drive to nurture and retain local talent and tackle skills shortages in the county.
“To this end, The EBP has recently launched a new service called Communitree’ which offers a recruitment service to local employers by sourcing and shortlisting young people for jobs.
“Communitree staff will coach the candidates in appearance and dress code, punctuality and time management, written and oral communication skills, attitude and initiative, customer service, teamwork, writing CVs and cover letters and interview skills.”
Companies which would like to be involved with initiatives to develop employable young people in Lincolnshire should contact Laura Hopton at The EBP on 01522 5741113 or email firstname.lastname@example.org