S&P Global helping job seeking local parents get back into work
During S&P Global’s Community Impact Month 2016, employee volunteers from the company took part in an employability workshop with stay at home parents who are hoping to get back into the job market.
The beneficiaries who took part were all parents of students at Avenue Primary School in Manor Park. Consistent with the holistic approach that the school takes and recognising the impact this can have on children, the East London Business Alliance (ELBA) and Avenue School developed a workshop for stay at home parents. Many who attended had little or no work experience or had been out of work for a long time whilst raising their children but were now keen to enter or re-enter the labour market.
The workshop gave parents the chance to mix with professional role models, develop their CV’s and gain interview practice. The employee volunteers from S&P Global also worked through a series of exercises with the parents to help them get job-ready and to develop skills such as communication and confidence. One attendee, who had never had a CV, left the session with a copy ready to take to the job centre the next day.
Lee Lewis, Deputy Headteacher from Avenue Primary School said, “We were extremely impressed with the professionalism and flexibility of the volunteers. The parents whom attended have shown gratitude and have expressed interest in further improving their employability skills. We look forward to our next workshop with them to help support the wider community in promoting resilience”
Community Impact Month is part of S&P Global’s Corporate Responsibility commitment which is designed to create economic opportunity and build thriving communities.