Young people from less privileged backgrounds are not "work ready" and start work without vital attributes, such as team work, communication, punctuality and the ability to cope under pressure. This project will prepare 1000 young people for future leadership roles which we have been leading on since we launched our highly acclaimed leadership development programme in 2011. To date we have improved the leadership skills of 300+ young people who are now set up for a successful working future.
The education sector and young people are facing public criticism for not developing the right skills needed in the workplace. The concern is that UK education is too focused on young people passing exams at the expense of equipping them with life skills. Even after education, talented young black people have consistently experienced more unemployment than young people of other ethnicities and are paid nearly a quarter less than their white peers.
We will develop the next generation of leaders by focusing on leadership development through the provision of specific leadership activities. We will provide a leadership culture that enables young people to progress as tomorrow's leaders. The programme will be designed to create a full experience of all aspects of leadership, providing young people with support and guidance until they are sufficiently well equipped to thrive in the global environment.
We will get 1000 young people ready to succeed as future leaders by 2020, allowing them to confidently compete for top roles. We will do this by drawing out their strengths and address their weaknesses which is key to getting the development of the younger generation right. Young talented black people in the UK have enormous potential to contribute to an organisation's success and it's important that they are equipped with the skills to do so.