Sopra Steria is a proud Patron of
The Prince’s Trust – a UK youth charity that helps 13 to 30 year olds get into jobs, education and training. We encourage our employees to be volunteers for The Trust to help run and lead programmes that inspire and empower these young people to realise their potential.
I recently volunteered to deliver a
‘Find A Work Placement’ workshop to help participants take responsibility for developing and raising their skills. Here are some things I learned from this challenging and rewarding experience:
The participating young people wanted to make a difference to their lives
The young people participating in the workshop showed real potential to succeed. They engaged in the workshop activities (including a role play where I played an employer they were approaching for a work placement), listened to and positively acted on the feedback given and shared in celebrating success. They demonstrated the right qualities we all need when looking for work.
The Prince’s Trust team were fantastic
The materials and support I received from The Trust Team were always practical and useful. As a volunteer drawing from my own professional skills and experience, I was rightly expected to make the workshop a success; The Trust helped me by providing a structured approach and suggested methods for facilitating the session with clear, specific learning objectives for those participating. This empowered me to run the session effectively with other volunteers while giving us room to share our own relevant insights and experiences throughout the day. In addition the onsite Trust Team helped participants engage in the workshop activities constructively using a positive, collaborative approach.
It was challenging and personally rewarding for me
Like all Trust volunteers, it’s intrinsically satisfying to see young people get value from your engagement. The experience also helped develop my own business skills as I needed to adapt my working style to succeed as a workshop facilitator. By the end of the day I had helped participants create their own individual action plans to find work placements – a positive next step in them taking responsibility for unlocking their own potential.
Find out more information about The Prince’s Trust and how you can get involved. And if you have any thoughts on this topic, leave a reply below or contact me by email.