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“It pushed me out of my comfort zone…”

Bankside and You Success Story + News
Find out how this year’s 8 Events Academy students fared in our summer work experience programme

For five weeks this summer, the Better Bankside office was buzzing with eight busy young people from Southwark, led by Munira Mohammed, their summer project manager.

Tamika, Jodi Ann, Josiah, James, Joseph, Latifah, Jasmyn and Chloe were the eight 16-21 year olds who got involved with the Events Academy through youth clubs and schools in SE1. Several of them had never met each other before, let alone the myriad of businesses and Banksiders with whom they were tasked with speaking with over their five week project.

After ten sessions and workshops with Bankside businesses, the young people’s organizational prowess enabled them to design, plan and run a fantastic networking event at Novotel Blackfriars, centred around ‘Our Neighbourhood’. Check out the photos above!

The change in the young people over this five weeks was noticeable, and their feedback on progress during this time was only positive:

“I started to talk to people on the phone which I didn’t know how to”

 “My communication skills grew ,more during these weeks as it started to become more stressful and I had to communicate more with the group. It also pushed me outside my comfort zone” 

“I have increased my organisational skills"

"I liked the fact that I met different businesses and we got insights into them.”

“I delivered a few sessions and found it fun”

"I... met my objective by going out and speaking to and meeting people and giving them more eye contact"

Congratulations to our students for their successful event, enjoyed by many.

A huge thank you must go to the ten businesses who spent time with the young people over their time here: ABTA, Winckworth Sherwood, Fourth Day PR, First Protocol, Caos Conflict Management, Speakers Trust, MediaMixer, IPC Media, Governor Technology and Roast Restaurant.

Could your business host a workshop with local young people?

The Events Academy will continue in half term, when ten Southwark youths will meet Bankside businesses to get their first taste of a professional environment.  Topics on which the young people were keen to learn more were:

Pathways into careers, Practical tips on making the most of opportunities (e.g. using linked in, networking, writing emails to companies); Self-presentation, Networking skills “Personal brand” graphic design, website coding, photography or work experience in the arts, how to get work experience or write a letter of introduction, how to get into banking and electrical engineering!

Roast Restaurant hosted some of the young people for an afternoon’s work in the restaurant. General Manager,Joseph Lynch, said ‘’We want to help young people get work experience because it helps them get a taste of different careers in hospitality’’ 

Their ambitions are limitless, so if you can help to get the first learnings onto their C.V.’s contact Katy Barker, right.


Sep 26 2013