Your Child Their Future

 

Your Child: Their Future – The Value of Work Experience

Leading businesses to promote the value of work experience

Date: 12 May

Allstate NI, EY and Herbert Smith Freehills had the fourth instalment in the virtual ‘Your Child, Their Future’ series, this time to promoting the value of work experience.

As parents or guardians, your focus is helping your children achieve their full potential. That’s why they’ve created the ‘Your Child: Their Future’ series of virtual events. Their fourth event focused on work experience and how it can prepare your child for their future career.

Industry experts from Career Ready, The Prince’s Trust and Business in the Community NI shared their knowledge on placements and how they can prepare school leavers for the world of work in this informal virtual discussion.

Work experience is often the first contact young people have with the professional world, this will give parents the chance to ask questions, explore opportunities and learn about the merits of work experience.

Speakers included:

  • Tony Madden, Regional Manager for Career Ready, a charity that works with local employers to support 17-18 year olds to build employability skills.
  • Aoife Moody, Senior Head of Operations at The Prince’s Trust Northern Ireland, who has 14 years’ experience in supporting young people to realise their potential.
  • Joanne Mehaffy, Business in the Community’s Programme Manager for Work Inspiration, an initiative to make work experience more meaningful, relevant, and inspiring.

John Healy, Vice President & Managing Director at Allstate NI said:

“We are thrilled to be hosting another ‘Your Child, Their Future’ event to promote the concept of work experience among young people and their parents. Teenagers preparing to leave school have been living with a question mark over their future careers as Covid-19 placed aspirations and plans to enter the world of work on hold.”

“As society reopens, it is essential that we engage with school leavers and their families, particularly with young women, to give them a flavour of what a career in tech can really look like. Across all sectors, it is important that we invest in the development of our future leaders to secure the best skills and talent to meet business needs going forward.”

Recording of first ‘virtual parents evening’ on 26 August. Looking at the different pathways to employment available to young people today. This is available to watch here.