Leadership advisory firm Marlin Hawk is the first organisation to pilot a new charity scheme that opens young people’s eyes to the world of work. Founded by technology entrepreneur and former Dragon’s Den investor Piers Linney, workinsight.org connects schools with employers, enabling young people to benefit from short insights into the workplace that empower them to make valid decisions about their futures.
“Traditional work experience is scarce and excludes vast swathes of youngsters who deserve a chance”, said Linney. “Bite-sized insights enable employers of all sizes - from a local butcher to a FTSE 100 company - to provide every young person with the opportunity to gain multiple and incredibly valuable work experiences. Any employer can participate in worksinsight.org - there are no selection criteria. We are working on a pilot before building the digital platform and are grateful for the support of forward thinking companies like Marlin Hawk.”
The half day work insight at Marlin Hawk gave six young people the opportunity to talk about the lifecycle of an executive search assignment, the different roles involved in delivering the service and the factors that contribute to a successful outcome. They were also able to quiz employees on the education and decisions that have helped shape their career paths.
David Holloway, Chief Executive Officer at Marlin Hawk, said: “We gave a group of youngsters a glimpse at the exciting and rewarding careers available to talented people who aim high. workinsight.org is a great way of helping 14-19 year olds make important life choices. The lifeblood of any business is the next generation and I would encourage all employers to open their doors, especially to those from socially deprived backgrounds.”
More information on workinsight.org can be found at: http://www.workinsight.org