Jobsite UK’s Beyond Blue programme offers 18-22 year olds a twelve-week volunteering programme based in Portsmouth, culminating in a chance to volunteer in the Townships of South Africa. The volunteers develop the skills and abilities of youngsters in the townships, helping them to face the many challenges of growing up in communities plagued with poverty and hardship.
- 35% of staff volunteered for mentoring or for Beyond Blue, through fundraising events, endurance challenges and annual Give & Gain Days.
- 80% of those volunteering said they learned a significant amount about the needs of the community.
- 80% of staff were proud to work for Jobsite/Evenbase, valuing the fact that the CSR agenda is embedded well and truly and recognising the importance of specific community partnerships.
- Over 100 school and college students have had work experience and skills training with Jobsite, which helped them into gainful employment.
- 15 young adults, all unemployed at the start of the Beyond Blue programme, passed the training programme to travel to West/South Africa.
- Of the 15 young people who participated, all are now in employment or back in full-time education and working towards goals they now feel are achievable as a result of the experience they gained.
- Jobsite’s partnership with Pompey’s “Into Work” programme for those unemployed for more than six months led to 64% of the participants gaining full time employment by the end of the 10 week programme – vastly higher than national figures.
The Beyond Blue community project was designed to help improve employment opportunities and prepare young people for their future in the competitive job markets that await them after education. This innovative, progressive project was developed through Jobsite’s main club sponsorship of Portsmouth FC’s charitable arm, Pompey in the Community and in partnership with Community Fusion and Coaching For Hope.
Jobsite, a major employer in Havant, believe they should be heavily involved within the areas they operate, especially areas of multiple deprivation, to improve the lives of as many of their future employees and customers as possible. They are also committed to supporting social enterprises.
Their focus is young people who feel alienated from mainstream provision, who they reach by initiating and developing accessible and affordable projects.
Jobsite funded the first 12-weeks of the project, preparing participants for the experience. The youngsters gained important team building and organisational skills, alongside support with CV writing, practicing face-to-face interview techniques and work placements. Successful applicants are also trained in First Aid, gain a Child Protection Qualification and FA Level 1 Football Coaching Qualification in order to prepare them for their 12-week volunteering work out in Africa.
Jobsite are continually improving what they do, and as a result are investing in and empowering young people with the tools to succeed in life and make a difference in transforming their communities.