Member of the Week - Barnardo’s Works
The Barnardo’s Works project has been in existence for 11 years. Barnardo’s Works is an employability service working in partnership with local employers to provide young people aged 16-24 with a unique blend of personal support and accredited training, matching quality work experience and the opportunity for sustainable, independent employment. Barnardo’s Works aims to address issues at the root of social exclusion and assist young people in overcoming barriers to employment and sustaining employment.
We spoke to Anne Walker who told us about her role Barnardo’s: “My name is Anne Walker and I am the Employment Liaison Officer for the service. It is my job to work with our local business and source suitable work placements for the young people on our programmes. Prior to taking over the role of ELO, I was a project worker for the service delivering our Stage 3 Certificate of Work Readiness programme. I recently graduated with an Honours Degree in Child & Youth Studies at University of the Highlands and Islands. It has always been a passion of mine to work with and support young people in our community and my role as Employment Liaison Officer for Barnardo’s works allows me to be active within the local area helping young people to overcome barriers to employment.”
Anne shared why she would like to feature Barnardo’s Works as member of the week: “I would really like our service to be recognised for the amazing work it does, I as well as all of the team in Barnardo’s Works are so passionate about the project and the work that we do and being Member of the Week is a good way of introducing myself to the local business community as I begin to build relationships with local employers which will benefit the young people we work with.”
Anne would love to promote the Barnardo’s Works Employability Service, working with employers to secure work experience for their young people is a vital part of what they do and towards the qualification young people are working towards. Anne said: “By supporting Barnardo’s Works you can play a part in breaking down barriers and building confidence in young people, supporting them to build resilience and move into positive and sustainable work.”
We asked Anne about Barnardo’s works business plans over the next 12 months: “To continue to support young people in the community into sustainable employment and make a difference to their lives.”
1200 young people in Scotland were supported by Barnardo’s Work last year. 60% of young people supported by Barnardo’s Works move on to Employment, Education or Training. 85% of the young people participating in Barnardo’s Works achieve at least one qualification through this support.
We asked Anne what she values most about Inverness Chamber membership: “The ability to reach out to and connect with other businesses and local employers and to share the good work we do with the people who help us to support young people in our community.”
Anne shared her top-tip to maximise you ICC membership: “Make use of your contacts, network and be proud to share your business.”