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On The Up is a purposefully positive organisation. Who work with people and organisations to help people be their best selves and get things ‘on the up’ – which is exactly what they’ve been doing with young people at Aquinas and Stockport College. Through a series of sessions and workshops, On The Up, have helped young people discover their strengths and feel more confident about achieving their aspirations. We asked Julia Wolfdendale, Director of On The Up Consulting Ltd about her experience during these sessions and why, as a business owner, it’s important to support your local area and youth aspiration.

I would say ‘have a go’ and see what you can share with the young people; whether it is your time, your expertise or an actual opportunity for learning or trying out work-based skills. You may also learn from the young people and gain insights that will help you adapt your business to be a better employer and more appealing to the young talent in our community.

How did you become involved with Gander Careers?

Simone (Gander Co-ordinator) mentioned it to me and I thought it seemed like a great scheme. As a business owner, I think it is important to support your local area and youth aspiration and employment is something I am passionate about.

What activities has your business taken part in with them?
We have delivered a Be Your Best Self workshop for students at Aquinas College to help young people discover their strengths and feel more confident about achieving their aspirations. We also hosted a ‘Courage Confidence and Commitment,’ online session for Stockport college students to help them learn some top tips to be even more brilliant.

What benefits do you think the programme brings to both the students and your business?
Supporting Gander aligns well with our business as we provide coaching and consultancy to help people get things on the up! Students report that they feel more positive after our sessions.

While much of our work is in Executive Coaching with directors of organisations, we also train pastoral staff in schools in coaching skills for conversations that can help young people grow their aspirations. We believe that young people deserve to discover what they are really capable of and make the most of the opportunities available.

It is part of our social value to give back to our community and working with Gander is just one of the ways we do this in Stockport.

Why would you encourage other local businesses to get involved?
I think Gander is a great way to connect with young people and understand what they see as the barriers to work and help them see how they can be overcome. Showing up as a friendly, helpful, inclusive employer who is interested in providing opportunities for young people is what it is all about.

I would say ‘have a go’ and see what you can share with the young people; whether it is your time, your expertise or an actual opportunity for learning or trying out work-based skills. You may also learn from the young people and gain insights that will help you adapt your business to be a better employer and more appealing to the young talent in our community.

Being able to recognise their own strengths and having confidence in the abilities to achieve their aspirations is vital to young people. A strong sense of self and self-confidence being developed throughout these stages of education, leads to motivated and focused young people and adults entering into our workforce. The session On The Up delivered to our students is a great example of how a local business can have a huge impact on the education of young people in our town.

If you are interested to find out more about On The Up and the work that Julia’s team does then you can find their website here – https://www.ontheupconsulting.com/

If you are part of a business and would like the opportunity to support Gander Careers then please get in touch so we can see how you might be able to ignite a spark in young peoples career education.