Our partnership with the Credit Suisse EMEA Foundation

Video describing Corporate social responsibility opportunity - Support young disabled people get into work
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The Credit Suisse EMEA Foundation is generously funding an exciting employment programme called First impressions, first experiences. The programme is for young disabled people, aged 16-24, in London who are not currently in employment, education or training.

The programme

The First Impressions, first experiences pilot aims to engage young disabled people through a 26 week programme. This includes an initial assessment phase, a series of personal development workshops and job clubs activities. Young people will also undertake a work placement and will be supported by one-to-one mentors from a range of industries. They will complete the programme with a fully developed and tailored personal action plan for the future.

The pilot aims to:  

  • Build the participants’ confidence levels.
  • Improve communication skills.
  • Develop practical skills for the workplace.
  • Identify clear goals and aspirations for the future.

A key component of the pilot is to develop and support the participants through the use of crucial mentors predominantly from Credit Suisse. This element enables each participant to work one-to-one with a professional, receiving feedback, advice and guidance against their career aims and objectives.