With youth unemployment officially breaking the 1m mark and 25% of 16-24 year-olds unemployed, Birmingham-based social enterprise Citizen Coaching is trying to do its bit to help young people get into work.
In 2009, in a bold move for such a young company, Citizen Coaching took on two unemployed young people – Nate Sheridan, 25, and James Farrell, 23.
The pair were originally taken on for a six month period but they were able to contribute sufficiently to the business to enable the posts to become permanent, helping to develop two new ventures – Social Media Marketing Made Easy and Citizen Media Company. They are also involved in Citizen Coaching’s offer of free LinkedIn and social media training to help other young people market their skills and find employment.
Citizen Coaching MF Martin Hogg says, “What drives us, and thousands of social enterprises across the country, is improving people’s lives. There are many opportunities to work for a different kind of employer, a different kind of business, offering rewarding career opportunities that also put something back into the community. It’s really tough out there for young people right now. Even if they can get a job they’re at risk of being exploited by unscrupulous employers. We want to show that it is possible to do things differently — that you can a chance on someone and grow a business in a socially responsible way.”
Now that is a good news story for Social Enterprise Day!
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Thanks to Ranjit Bansal for this story.