Over the past month, we’re thrilled to have organised a number of focus groups with young people who have taken part in our 12-month employability programme, funded by Greater London Authority’s Workforce Integration Network.
The programme aims to inspire young Black and underrepresented young Londoners aged 16-25, about the incredible breadth of careers available to them across construction and the built environment and support them to make a positive transition into the sector. As part of the programme, the young people have been offered the opportunity to take part in individual programmes of support including a variety of 1-2-1 and employability sessions, live vacancies sessions, industry mentoring and more.
The focus groups look to explore young people’s experiences on the programme, including the importance of networking with industry professionals and accessing opportunities in the construction industry. The core of the programme has revolved around meaningful and relevant employer engagement, and key discussion points included what makes an industry volunteer relatable and engaging for a young person.
Through the focus group, we were able to create an open, free-flowing discussion that stimulated new ideas and encouraged the young people to collaborate and bounce their views off each other giving us a greater insight into their experiences. The young people came alive when given the opportunity to talk to each other and share their experiences. This type of qualitative feedback is invaluable for the development of our work, offering guidance on how we can best support our young people and their needs.
The focus groups have provided an open platform for young people to share their views and we look forward to introducing focus groups across the wider programmes of the Trust, ensuring that youth voices are at the forefront of the direction of our work.