Key4Life would like to extend a huge thank you to all businesses from Bristol and London including Social Pantry, BT, KPMG, TC Group, Aardman Animations, Arnolfini, Willis Towers Watson, MediaCom and Proxima for attending our employability workshop at HMP/YOI Portland to interview the 28 young men who all engaged so brilliantly.
The day started with the employers having a tour of the prison wings, and the Key4Life team preparing the young men for the afternoon's activities. We then brought together the corporates and the Key4Life participants and orchestrated three rounds of job interviews for each young man.
Quotes from the workshop;
Key4Life participant: "Everyone has to start from the bottom, I used to think I wanted to be my own boss to avoid it, but if you start at the bottom the only way is up."
London corporate: "I'm struck by how much they want to change, and get into work on realise, but how little confidence they have about getting a job."