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Tuesday 28 July 2020

FastFutures launches: skills programme for young people

Blenheim Chalcot logoThe COVID-19 pandemic has left a generation of young people worried about their futures. The number of internships and work placements available to them is limited. And many companies have put recruitment on hold.  

So, it’s good to see the launch of FastFutures by Bleinheim Chalcot, parent company of Agilisys. FastFutures is described as a “ground-breaking” digital and personal skills programme. It is designed to coach education leavers on vital workplace skills to help them secure full or part-time employment. The inaugural 12-week programme is launching with 1,000 places. Eventually, FastFutures hopes to provide tens of thousands of free places annually, providing participants with the essential business, technology, data, finance, and personal life skills valued by employers. Digital skills – from data analytics to digital marketing - are put in the spotlight, with the programme hoping to provide a small part of the answer to a potential critical skills shortage.

The list of founding employers, which have provided the investment and content to create the programme, is diverse: AstraZeneca, Agilisys, AO.com, Barclays, Blenheim Chalcot, BT, Legal & General, Modulr, Health Education England and its partner NHS bodies, Octopus Group, Salary Finance, Standard Chartered and Tate & Lyle. More business partners are expected to join. And there are plans afoot to work with the 38 Local Enterprise Partnerships across the country.

Working with these companies, participants will experience both virtual and physical learning experiences, including access to employers through virtual business visits, live CEO Q&A sessions, and employer-led mentoring. The programme will culminate in an employer interview in preparation for the beginning of working life. Online learning will be delivered by Blenheim Chalcot company, Avado, a specialist in the provision of digital vocational skills, and supported by Blenheim Chalcot’s Hive Learning, enabling “a modern, social learning experience”. Outreach will be supported by Artic Shores and Trinnovo.

FastFutures timetable

The recruitment process has been tailored to be fully inclusive, designed to appeal to and prioritise under-represented groups, and address inequalities in the workforce. The aim is to encourage applications from a diverse range of ethnic, socio-economic, geographical and gender identities. Applications open today. The full timetable is pictured.

Posted by: Georgina O'Toole

Tags: skills   training   digital  

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