We are a not-for-profit based in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. We facilitate bespoke career-focused event programmes for secondary school students, across a variety of educational settings. Everything we do is supported by business and community volunteers totalling 600+. We connect students with relevant employers through employability skills workshops and mock interviews. We tailor the day to suit the young people in front of us, whether it's to suit their interests, the way they learn (e.g. visual) or whether they have a particular badge like Disability Confident Employer or Care Leavers Covenant.
We work with mainstream students, students who are currently excluded from mainstream school, students who have self-excluded from mainstream due to trauma such as bullying, schools for students with neurological and physical impairments, schools for students who have Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs (SEMH) and young people known to, or living in the care system, and care leavers who are 16+.
Volunteers join us on our event days, either individually as mock interviewers, or with a group from their workplace to run an employability-based workshop, with a focus on their company and sector. We have so many different businesses involved, some of our biggest supporters include the Army, RAF, Navy, Computacenter, Fortem, Not Going to Uni, with so many more to see on our website.
Following our event days we connect young people with employers, often resulting in a site-visit, engagement with employees such as a mentoring session, and sometimes work experience. These days are wonderful for volunteers, whether it's a welcome day out of the office, to meet new people or inspire the next generation, an ELSA day offers all.