Enhancing the life skills and chances of young people through innovative and effective education & employability workshops
Educational 'Life Skill' Workshops
We offer a range of interactive life skill workshops for students aged 9 - 25+ that develop their knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable them to be successful in education and beyond. Our workshops can be delivered as single sessions or extended programmes in primary & secondary schools, colleges, universities and other youth organisations.
Our workshops use youth-focused resources and methods such as interactive group activities, poetry, multimedia, videos and relevant role models & guests in a fun and innovative way for schools to effectively address the Ofsted criteria of spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) and British Values.
We have worked with over 10,000 students in over 300 schools so far, Please click below for more information.
Founded in 2008, Serious About Youth (SAY) is a youth-focused social enterprise based in London (UK) that aims to inspire, guide and support young people to gain the life and social skills needed to live fulfilling lives and progress successfully in the ‘real world’.
We work with other youth organisations, educational institutions and employers by designing and delivering innovative, interactive and effective 'life-skill' workshops and employability training (accredited & non-accredited) that can be delivered as single sessions or extended programmes. We also specialise in assisting young people into different types of work and apprenticeships through 1-2-1 IAG support, as well as utilise our network and skills to assist organisations with outreach activities to engage young people. We have a particular focus on helping to address the skills shortage in the Engineering/Construction sector by helping young people enter the industry through our project, 'Construkt'.
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Employability Training & Support
SAY designs and delivers impactful accredited and non-accredited employability training using a variety of youth-focused methods and resources such as interactive group activities, poetry, multimedia, inspirational speakers and videos. We help young people to understand employers' needs by innovatively covering topics such as CV's, interviews, application forms, the importance of attitude and valuable soft skills needed to successfully navigate the workplace.
We also assist organisations to engage more young people by utilising our network, experience and skills to undertake and enhance outreach activities.
Our programmes have a candidate satisfaction and retention rate of over 90%, and we have a strong track record of effectively helping hundreds of young people into jobs and apprenticeships through our training and on-going 1-2-1 support. We have worked with a wide variety of employers and partner organisations such as the Mayor's Fund for London, Citizen's UK, Tech City Stars, Peabody Housing and many others, and have designed and delivered accredited training for bodies such as NCFE, EDI and BTEC Workskills.
Interested in working with SAY to help young people into work?
We work with organisations and companies in a number of ways to assist young people to obtain and retain employment. Interested in the potetnial of working with SAY in some capacity? We would love to hear from you!
16 - 24 and need help looking for work?
We would love to hear from you! Using our expertise and connections with other organisations and employers, we assist young people across London in a variety of ways to get into jobs and apprenticeships in a range of industries.
The 'Construkt' Project
The 'Construkt' project aims to inspire young people by giving them a pathway into the engineering and construction industries.
'Construkt' takes young people between 16 - 25 years old through the whole life cycle of a construction/engineering project and exposes them to the different career pathways available to them in the sector. Those that want to work on-site and are eligible, undergo the Health and Safety Level 1 and CSCS card training with a view to obtaining a CSCS Card, and we organise work experience, as well as support participants to get into jobs, apprenticeships and further education after the programme. The programme is designed for young people from varied backgrounds and therefore is aimed at a mixture of NEET (not in education, employment, or training) young people, alongside sixth-form/college students from schools and colleges.
In October 2018, SAY was awarded funding from the Mayor of London as part of his Young Londoners Fund, to support the delivery of 2 x Construkt programmes a year until October 2021.
From the three 'Construkt' programmes we delivered in October 2014, August 2016, and October 2017, approx. 60 young people completed the programme; 23% of which were female. We then organised work experience for the young people in leading firms including Lendlease, Laing O'Rourke, Mott MacDonald and Elliot Wood, and supported over 85% of the candidates into positive outcomes, including CSCS Cards, Construction and Engineering-related college and university courses, jobs and apprenticeship schemes such as the esteemed Laing O'Rourke Cadet Apprenticeship and an engineering role within the British Army. We delivered our third programme in October 2017 with 21 participants (9 NEET, 12 in education) and achieved the following outcomes:
100% of the participants would recommend the Construkt programme to someone else
94% of the participants felt the Construkt programme helped them become more employable
77% of the participants who completed the programme went on to apply for opportunities in the construction industry
4 of the NEET participants have secured employment since completing the programme
2 of the NEET participants have secured Apprenticeships within the industry
9 participants successfully passed the Health & Safety Level 1 training and obtained a valid CSCS card
10 work experience placements planned over the summer on Laing O'Rourke sites
We have worked with a range of leading organisations in the construction/engineering industry through 'Construkt', such as Laing O'Rourke, Lendlease, Arup, Cundall, Derwent, Oxford Properties, Stanhope Schroders, Mott MacDonald and many others.