On Monday 15 October, we were proud to hold our 2018 Youth Career Expo at Google’s office in Kings Cross. The much anticipated event was part of our Next Generation project in which we aim to constructively engage and support youths in the local area.
On the day, 20 businesses took part and 150 young people (aged 15-24) attended from a host of local schools, including Maria Fidelis School, City and Islington College, Ada National College for Digital Skills, Royal Free Hospital Children’s School and youth centres such as the Copenhagen Youth Project, London Village Network, N1C and Dragon Hall. This was a positive increase in the number of young people that attended when compared to the 100 who did at the 2017 expo. We’re definitely working to increase this engagement in the years to come!
The programme of the day was divided into several segments: two taster masterclasses (by LNER and Springer Nature) where representatives of the companies held in-depth talks about recruitment, an interactive panel Q & A, and a networking session. In addition to this, throughout the course of the Expo, attendees were able to approach representatives of the businesses at their various stands, talk to them one-on-one about their working experience and ask whatever burning questions they had about working for the company.
- Urmi Kabir, Resourcing Advisor – Camden Council
- Sam Webster, Talent Acquisition Specialist – Eurostar
- Lauren Jones, Group Business Director – Havas
- Andrea Stark, Director of Employment Skills and Culture – Islington Council
- Zenab Mumtaz, Community Liaison Manager – LendLease
- Selina Begum, UK Head of Resourcing – Springer Nature
- Andrew Jack, Global Education Editor – Financial Times
- Maya Tudor, EMEA Apprenticeships Specialist – Google
The Expo was chaired by Emma Williams, Director of Operations at Green & Fortune and Andrew Jack, Global Education Editor at the Financial Times. Also representatives from Argent, Camden Council, Eurostar, Financial Times, Google, Havas, Marcus Wareing Restaurants, St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Ted Baker, and The Guardian, among others, were present.
Holding the Expo at the Google Offices was great for the young people who were fascinated and inspired by the space created by the wonderful people at Google. This made the Expo all the more enjoyable and further created an ideal atmosphere for exploration and learning.
In conclusion, the Youth Career Expo was a successful event and we’ve been inundated with positive feedback since the event closed. One such review is from Denis Sherbanov who is studying at Ada National College for Digital Skills. He had this to say about the Youth Career Expo:
“I’m not even exaggerating to seem enthusiastic, The Urban Partners expo at Google offices in Kings Cross St Pancras was amazing. I’m actually really astonished at how just one excellent event has re-defined my identity and motives, because I’ll admit that prior to this event I was slightly unsure as to what I should pursue, but after this event I know for sure now.”
We can’t wait for next year’s expo to reach even more young people in the local area. Bring on 2019!
To watch the videos from the Youth Career Expo 2018 use the following:
For the highlights video please click here.
For the Panel Q&A session please click here.