Access Generation CIC is a social enterprise that empowers employers to attract the next generation and make recruitment accessible, supportive and inclusive.
Employers can benefit from working with Access Generation by outsourcing their work experience needs and becoming accredited and receiving an assessment of their recruitment practices against young people’s expectations.
Access Generation is powered by youth-voice and everything they do is co-designed and delivered with young people.
Gen @ Work is their work experience outsource service which allows employers to get a business project completed at cost, support future generations and satisfy corporate social responsibilities.
Gen @ Work provides training, development and work experience delivered by young peer leaders and quality checked by directors within the social enterprise.
Gen @ Work: Lewis’ story
Lewis took part in the Gen @ Work programme whilst completing his studies at De Montfort University. He wanted to improve his chances of getting into work. As a care leaver, Lewis lacked social connections and experience.
Lewis was able to develop his skills and understanding of the workplace whilst putting it all into practice through paid work opportunities on the programme.
As Lewis was studying photography and video production, he led two projects for two different employers and delivered video marketing materials for both.
Since finishing the work experience programme, Lewis has been offered a job at a prestige car company and even got offered a job from one the employers who provided a project.
“Without the Gen @ Work programme and the experience with employers, I would not have been able to get a graduate job.
I have been able to improve my technical abilities and video editing skills. I also feel confident to work on my own initiative.”
Gen @ Work: East Midlands Chamber of Commerce story
“I am really pleased to be able to support the Gen @ Work programme. We want more young voices to influence our offering at the chambers so this project is timely.”
“I would really recommend other employers get involved. Gen @ Work is a fantastic way to tap into talent and hopefully provide that individual with some great experience and insight into your business.”
– Lucy Robinson, HR Director at the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce