The life and work prospects of hundreds of London's most vulnerable young people have been improved and Pinsent Masons has gained access to a rich pool of untapped talent.
Good for society
- Since June 2007, Working it Out has supported 696 young people and 70% of those who have completed the programme have gone into employment, education or training.
- 86% of Working it Out participants felt more confident in the workplace as a result.
Good for business
- The programmes support Pinsent Masons’ HR objectives of recruiting, retaining and enabling talented people. They encourage team working and cross-team collaboration.
- The partnership has created opportunities to raise Pinsent Masons’ profile in the local business community and the firm has developed deeper relationships with its clients.
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In 2007, international law firm Pinsent Masons partnered with recruitment charity Tomorrow’s People, to launch Working it Out. The ten-week programme, started in the London borough of Southwark, aimed at engaging socially excluded young people, helping them overcome barriers and build a route into employment, education or training.
Finding work can be hard for young people but for those battling with drug or alcohol dependency, poor literacy or numeracy skills or learning difficulties, the challenge can sometimes seem too much.
Research shows adults who experience long-term unemployment when young are likely to earn less, have poorer health and endure further periods of unemployment throughout their lives.
Working it Out is structured around employability workshops, mentoring and work experience, all delivered in a way which increases the young person’s confidence, aspirations and potential to make life changes.
The project works with some of the ‘hardest to reach’ youths, providing role models and opportunities to develop softer skills like communication. There are also opportunities for paid work experience in the law firm’s Business Operations teams.
Of those who completed the programme, 89.4% have gone into employment, education or training.
What Pinsent Masons' Senior Partner said:
"Pinsent Masons is committed to doing business responsibly and to making a positive impact on the lives of our people, clients and the communities in which we work. One of the aims of our local community investment programme, Starfish, is to galvanise Pinsent Masons’ people to inspire young lives through volunteering. We believe that it is vital to support young people in gaining the key skills which will help them to find a route into employment and we are proud to see the results of our partnership with Tomorrow's People." - Richard Foley, Senior Partner, Pinsent Masons