Inspiring the next generation together with Bridge GM

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As employers, one of the most important things we can offer to society is inspiring young people to dream big and open their eyes to what’s out there in the world of employment. After all, there’s a huge pool of future potential talent out there that we can’t wait to dive into.

Last week, we had the pleasure of doing just that, thanks to Bridge GM, an initiative created by Andy Burnham. The program aims to bridge the gap between the careers advice and experience given to students at schools and what employers are actually looking for, with the aim to reduce youth unemployment across Greater Manchester.

Bridge GM hosted Manchester’s biggest speed networking event, Meet Your Future. During the day, students had the chance to network with Greater Manchester-based business professionals from a number of different industries across the region. The aim of the session was to help the young people understand just how much variety there is out there when it comes to careers.

Students could ask employers about anything, from the sector they work in, to their biggest achievements in their role, any qualifications they needed, to transferable skills. They could even ask what the professionals didn’t like about their jobs to get a well-rounded picture of what working life is really like. Arguably the most valuable thing the employers could offer the students was some honest advice about how to make the right decision about their future.

Students that attended were between the ages of 12 and 15 years old, a crucial time between childhood and adulthood when it’s all about taking your next steps. At that age, students are constantly being asked to decide on their future, some have a very clear direction, while others may be more unsure.

Either way, searching for the right pathway to future employment can be rather daunting. That’s why, along with other organisations across Greater Manchester, we wanted to join Bridge GM in their efforts to make young people aware of what they can do in the easiest and most inclusive way possible.

Katy Rawlinson, People and Development Specialist at ANS said, “It was really inspiring to see such a huge range of young people engaging with so many employers. I hope we and other organisations have shown the students just how many amazing opportunities are open to them across the Greater Manchester region.”

Olivia Jaskolka, Director of Marketing added, “I was really impressed by how many young people knew not only what they wanted to get out of the session, but also what they wanted to do in the future. I was blown away with how confident and engaging they were – it will certainly serve them well in years to come!”

If you would like to learn more about how Bridge GM is bringing together young people and employers across our city region, visit their website here and discover all the amazing work they are doing.