On 17th November, we ran another successful careers fair for disadvantaged 16-25 year olds across London. The event not only aimed to introduce this age group to top corporates, but to provide an environment where they could have meaningful interactions, potentially being recruited into positions.
The event, jointly sponsored by The Peter Cruddas Foundation and CMC Markets, was opened by Peter Cruddas himself. The businessman and philanthropist gave an inspiring speech about his difficult upbringing, and how he left school without qualifications to become one of the most successful people in the City.
‘Making The Leap plays a very necessary and fundamental role in the lives of young people.’ – Careers Fair attendee
Attendees met representatives from a wide range of sectors, including the Civil Service, CMS Law Firm, Fremantle Media and Accenture. Making The Leap ran a CV Clinic, pairing up young people with our expert volunteers, as well as seminars throughout the day on various topics, such as goal-setting and assessment centres. The MTL team were on hand to offer advice and guidance to all who attended. We also launched our Snapchat account live at the event, and had our own Geo-Filter made specifically for the fair!
We received some incredible feedback. Not only did young people have the chance to meet leading corporates: they also found they were developing their skills at this event. For example, 90% felt they had improved their confidence from speaking to the employers, and 89% felt they had gained a real insight into what top employers are looking for. Meanwhile, the companies who attended found it valuable: 75% said they would be recruiting as a result of the event, 100% of companies rated the quality of the attendees as ‘Good or ‘Excellent’ and 100% would recommend working with Making The Leap to other companies.
‘Excellent fair, boosted my confidence and helped me find potential jobs, will definitely recommend to friends and family.’ – Careers Fair attendee
Making The Leap promotes meaningful interactions with employers at the event, as well as offering ongoing support to its attendees in the application process, making this Careers Fair a truly unique experience for young people. If you would be interested in partnering with us for our next event in 2017, please get in touch here.
Thank you to our Event Sponsors:
The Peter Cruddas Foundation & CMC Markets
Companies who attended the Social Mobility Careers Fair:
- The Civil Service
- CMC Markets
- CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
- Fremantle Media UK
- Lansons Communications
- Metro Bank
- The RAF
- The Westminster Society
Check out the full gallery of images over on our Facebook page here!