YES Partnership Motivation Conference 2014 Thumbs Up Success
|Author: Norma Green, YES Partnership Chairman||Published: 31st March 2014 17:34|
Building Bridges into Work
Following YES Partnership’s very successful pilot Motivation Conference in 2013, organised specifically for Year 9 students at King Harold Academy who would benefit from additional help in identifying suitable employment, “Motivation Conference 2014” took place on Wednesday 19th March, this year working with two local schools, King Harold Academy and Debden Park High School.
The students were taken out of the school environment to the Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel, where they had an opportunity to experience a day in the world of business and take part in a programme of challenges specifically designed by YES committee members, Tara Mullaney of The Junction Project and Nick Robinson of The Loughton Youth Project.
One of the highlights of the day was the “Question and Answer” session with a panel of YES Committee Members and Special Guests who had been successful in their work who kindly gave their time for free to share their expertise and advice from a wide variety of different careers, ages and backgrounds, including local Waltham Abbey entrepreneurs Lorraine of Coochy Coo Nappy Cakes, Annabella of Annabelle's Boutique, Sharon of Dare Salon, Tracey Rolfe author of children's book series "White Witch of Spiton" and Waltham Abbey Mayor Cllr Ann Mitchell.
Ade Adeshina of Orchid 54 Wine & Cocktail Bar was unable to make the lunchtime panel session, but attended in the morning and was very impressed by the event which he described as having "a great vibe". He is a supporter of the work of the YES Partnership as an employer of apprentices himself who knows how rewarding working with young people can be and how important they are to your future success.
After lunch in the luxurious Thyme Restaurant, the students had the opportunity to meet and talk further with the special guests, about the career journeys and how they had achieved their success. This year, too, career representatives from Epping St John’s, Roding Valley and Davenant Schools in Loughton and West Hatch in Chigwell attended the event and were invited to consider whether they, too, may want to participate in 2015.
YES has an exciting future programme, working with Year 9 and Year 10 students across the District, and taking schools into the business world. YES is also delighted that Mrs. Eleanor Laing MP, Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons and Patron of “Investors in Young People Awards”, will be attending the event in November, this year, rewarding and recognising the businesses that are playing a vital role in improving youth employment opportunities by creating work experience for school students and apprenticeships for those up to 24 years of age.
Norma Green, Chairman of the YES Partnership said: "This year’s event was bigger and better than last year’s with over 40 students attending, and representatives from all secondary schools in the district as well as Epping Forest College. The event is all about building better pathways for our young people into work, understanding what support they need and how best, as a partnership we can respond. As always this event is the product of wide group of local people and organisations too numerous to mention, who have given their time, expertise and resources. But it is our young people who make the day work with their boundless enthusiasm and talent. Sponsorship for this year’s event was by provided by the Waltham Abbey Marriott Hotel.”
Youth Employment Strategy (YES) Partnership is a voluntary organisation, committed to assisting young people, aged 13 – 24 years old, to access the pathway to employment.
The next YES Partnership events are a fundraising Golf Day on 12th May at West Essex Golf Club and a new careers event for Year 10 students in June at Waltham Abbey Marriott called “World of Work”.
If you are interested in getting involved with the Partnership or to offer sponsorship or for more information please contact Chairman Norma Green at email@example.com or see their website: www.yespartnership.org
Photographs above by kind permission of John Price photographer and member of YES Partnership committee.