McLaren launches Work Inspiration career skills programme to improve young people’s life chances
McLaren Technology Group has unveiled a new programme that aims to improve the career prospects and life chances of local young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
A group of students selected from a number of schools with a significant pupil premium will be invited to attend an intensive half-day Work Inspiration programme in October at the world-renowned McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, Surrey.
The programme will provide local students with practical career support as well as advice on everything from time keeping and appearance to communication skills and team working.
Every student will also get an insight into what it is like working at the famous McLaren headquarters.
Work Inspiration has been designed to build the self-confidence, self-esteem and experience of students, helping them to fulfil their potential and support the company’s social mobility efforts.
Developed with the input of a careers specialist and following a successful trial last year, Work Inspiration will be mainly targeted at 16 to 17 year-olds whether they are looking to apply for an apprenticeship, continue on into further education or go straight into paid employment.
Practical tasks will also include students pitching their own marketing campaign to put their communication skills to the test as well as learning about the importance of social confidence in a formal business dining environment, courtesy of McLaren’s own catering company Absolute Taste.
Each participant will also have the chance to demonstrate and hone their team working skills when they undergo their own grand prix pit stop challenge.
Throughout the half-day, pupils will also be able to talk with human resources experts who will be on-hand to enable students to better understand what potential employers look for from applicants and how to maximise the effectiveness of CVs and covering letters.
McLaren will also contribute towards each student’s travel costs to help ensure those who stand to benefit the most are able to participate.
Patrick Bermingham, HR director at McLaren Technology Group said: “We want to engage with local school leavers to provide them with a memorable experience at McLaren that helps improve their chances in a competitive job market.
“By providing hands-on learning that focuses on communication skills, team working and self-confidence in the workplace – skills we all value highly at McLaren – students will be able to more easily demonstrate their strengths to potential employers, wherever their ambitions lie.
“McLaren’s Work Inspiration programme bridges the gap between work experience and what happens after school, supports our ongoing commitment to our local schools and communities, and helps to develop the next generation of talent upon which businesses like ours rely.
“Work Inspiration also provides personal development opportunities for many of our own people who are not only passionate advocates for the work they do, but are also testimony to the breadth of technical skills and behaviours that are needed to succeed.”