All sorts of people volunteer for a variety of personal reasons but improving employment prospects is one of the main motivators.
I think it goes without saying that full training and support should be central to every volunteering experience so if you are thinking about returning to work after a break, it’s an excellent way of gaining confidence and demonstrating your ability to employers.
Ben Cooper, Controller of BBC Radio 1 says:
Volunteering on a CV shows me you have passion and energy outside of your education or work – it gives you a competitive edge.
The BBC Make It Digital Traineeship announced by BBC Director-General Tony Hall last year, aims to inspire a new generation to get creative with coding, programming and digital technology, and help address the current skills shortage in the UK’s technology sector.
Over the past 6 months young unemployed people have applied to take part in a BBC Make it Digital Traineeship, made available in Wales.
The BBC Academy and partners the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and Skills Funding Agency (SFA) have given 16-24 year olds who are unemployed, and who have fewer than two A Levels and an interest in developing their digital skills, the opportunity to register their interest via their local Jobcentre Plus.
Training is delivered by high-quality local training providers across the country followed by structured work placements with local employers.
A successful pilot ran in Birmingham last year that 50 young people took part in, with many going on to an apprenticeship or to gain employment. Eight weeks after the traineeships completed 50 percent had received job offers or offers of a further work placement.
The Traineeship is designed by the BBC Academy and the Tech Partnership and includes five weeks of training in:
- Basic digital skills – such as planning social media campaigns by deconstructing BBC Radio 1’s Wrecking Ball campaign; building simple websites; creating short videos for the web
- Employability skills – including how to give and receive feedback, drawing on The Great British Bake Off. Other key skills include budgeting, basic project management, team working, English and Maths
The final stage of the Traineeship is a three week structured work placement, with the focus on selecting companies who are likely to require basic-level digital skills.
These companies are being sourced with the help of the Tech Partnership, the Federation of Small Businesses, the National Apprenticeship Service and other partners at a local level, including The Digital Volunteers CIC.
The Digital Volunteers is looking for 3rd sector and private organisations that would be interested in having a trainee. The trainee would volunteer 16 hours over the course of 3 weeks. If you think your organisation could give the trainees an opportunity to develop their employability skills as well as their digital skills, and you want to find out more please get in touch.
Contact Kath on 07711 581470 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet @digi_volunteers