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Corporate Volunteering

Employability and Insight Tours

Employability and Insight Tours are crucial aspects of the progression of City Gateway Trainees.  Many trainees come from backgrounds of generational worklessness in their families and lack high aspirations for their future. Insight tours are an exceptionally valuable tool to open up the corporate world to them. This would include an introduction and tour of the business, some training and a networking lunch with some of your staff.

Insight tours can stand alone or be combined with Employability sessions; these are pre-prepared by City Gateway and cover CV-writing, job applications, interviewing techniques and speed-interviewing sessions. Employability sessions can also be done at our training bases.

We consider it very valuable that trainees get to spend time with corporate employees to give them positive role models and build their aspirations for the future.

The ideal number of volunteers required is variable, from 4 to 10, dependent upon activities.

Treasure Hunts

Treasure Hunts have become a very popular volunteering opportunity amongst the various corporates who have been on them. Treasure Hunts challenge teams of trainees and corporate volunteers to search for items and places around London on a time restricted basis; this means decisions have to be made as to what to spend time on to gain the greatest number of points. They develop teamwork, strategy and planning skills.

A City Gateway staff member accompanies each group in an observation capacity (much like Nick or Karen on The Apprentice) to ensure everything runs smoothly.

These days are suitable for 8-10 volunteers at a time.

'We had lots of fun and laughs but everyone worked hard as a team to do their best.'  Beccy, RBS Volunteer.

Development Days

Development days are very valuable to City Gateway ensuring our centres are maintained to a high standard. Development days, where corporates renovate and decorate our centres are less common that the other days, however also valuable.

Because City Gateway are keen that our funding is directed to our service delivery as much as possible, the opportunities for this day are more dependent on what budget can be bought by your organisation. Equally any equipment being replaced in your offices that is suitable for donation, such as printers and quality furniture, is often appreciated.

In the past organisations have refurbished and decorated our youth centre, parts of the women’s project and our training base at Heron Quays.

Pro Bono volunteering

City Gateway are always looking to develop our capacity and increase our efficiency. Your organisations expertise could be put to very valuable use helping to build up our capacity.

We have had organisations offer us free legal advice, financial planning skills for trainees, business development support for our Social Enterprises (often also coming with financial commitment to help develop them, to provide more jobs for local residents and a more steady income stream for City Gateway).

Dragon's Den

The Dragon’s Den is a single volunteering package for a corporate to take on and bring value to a single cohort of learners and see the impact their work has over a number of sessions. Each Dragon’s Den is made up of three parts: Speed Interview, Enterprise Mentoring and the Den itself.

This volunteering package engages trainees by encouraging them to think creatively about how businesses work as well as gaining skills through engaging with corporate volunteers. These skills are vital as they prepare for apprenticeship placements in business environments.

If our young entrepreneurs impress the dragons that much there is even possibility for providing funding for the winning enterprise to be awarded a cash investment to take their idea and produce the product for sale on a market stall or in another format.

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