August 2, 2022
At Bradbury group, we understand that education, training, and skills development are essential to unlocking potential, and we believe opportunities should be available to all young people.
Gaining experience in a real-world working environment is something that both Bradbury Group, and the Inspire Project believe could have a huge impact on a young person’s ability to unlock their potential.
We are proud to be able to facilitate such experiences through our new partnership with the Business Hive, and the Inspire Project.
Last week we welcomed two young people to visit our state-of-the-art facilities and spend the day visiting different key departments of the business such as the engineering department, and even included a factory tour in which time was spent with each team. This experience helped the two young people taking part in the Inspire Project to gain a wider understanding of how a business operates from different perspectives.
“We are extremely grateful for the time and effort that went into the site visit for the two young people; we know the structured day made them feel valued and part of the workplace for a day. We know how difficult it can be in deciding a career path and having the opportunity to have credible conversations with members of a workforce cannot be underestimated. The emphasis that the Bradbury Group put on investing in the community in this way is truly inspiring” – Business Hive.
At Bradbury Group, we believe upskilling is essential to both business and individual growth, which is why we launched the Bradbury Academy, a dedicated scheme that facilitates upskilling. Catering to young people’s needs either through the Hive Inspire Project, work experience, or open days, are just some of the ways in which we can provide opportunities and create a positive social impact on our community.
Business Hive is part of the E-Factor Group and provides unique support to businesses across Northern Lincolnshire, through advice from professional business advisers, support from starting up to growing sustainable successful businesses, networks and webinars, and of course the benefit that comes from membership of a unique business club with over 300 members.
The Hive Inspire Project is a partnership initiative between The Business Hive, Northeast Lincolnshire Children’s Social Care, and Humberside Police; officially launched in September of 2021, supported by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside.
The scheme aims to provide a bespoke support package for young people based in Northern Lincolnshire, developing usable skills and experience to help and encourage them into employment or training; this is achieved through the unique businesses they are linked to who are committed to making a difference to their local communities. This presents a unique opportunity to support young people aged 16 to 24 years, show them there are positive futures for them, and deter them from negative things like anti-social behaviour and exploitation – sadly things that we know are out there and we can work together to prevent.
Although the project had a slow start due to the effects of Covid-19 and subsequent lockdowns, it has since been reinvigorated. Leading the charge is John Shepherd, a former Detective Sergeant who is looking to provide opportunities to young people in his new role as Hive Inspire Project Coordinator:
“Working on a project that can prevent negative outcomes for young people whilst improving our communities is a fantastic opportunity. The past two years have been really difficult for everyone, but especially for young people who were at the point where they should have been exploring options for their futures. Being able to provide a guiding hand and open people’s eyes to opportunities is a privilege and I have been overwhelmed by the offers of support from local businesses, of which Bradbury Group are a prime example, their willingness to invest their time in local people is testament to their commitment to making a difference”.
Instilling a positive environment through experiences will improve the health and well-being of young people. The scheme also helps young people to gain informal qualifications and improve essential skills such as CV writing and interview skills.
May Foxton, Bradbury Group’s Learning and Development Facilitator explains why it is important that the Group continues to offer these opportunities to young people “Bradbury Group is always ready to facilitate these experiences where possible. For the next generation of entrepreneurs and achievers to be inspired to achieve their goals, young people need to experience a real-life work environment as part of their education and development“.
We hope that more young people can visit our facilities in the near future as we continue to develop our partnership with the Business Hive and the Inspire Project, whilst seeing the project reaching further into the region.
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