Low cost but timely and profound interventions can prove to be worth ‘more than their weight in gold’. BEEP (Business Empowering Employment Programme) and REEP (Rugby Empowering Employment Programme) its forerunner can convert an initial investment of £550 to a potential saving of over £1 million in one generation.
Although, we may prefer to believe in the power of BEEP because it replaces despair with hope, confidence and potential, and alleviates inequality, we know that being able to make the economic case for ‘spending to save’ will win more support for BEEP. For this reason, and with help from Joe Walsh at Exeter City Council, we have developed a spreadsheet to calculate the cost of a variety of scenarios which illustrate ‘Spend to Save’. In order to do this we have made assumptions which are founded on information from reliable sources.
Young people who had struggled to find their way on to the training or work ladder, have through BEEP, together with support from their volunteer mentors, secured training and moved on to work which will benefit themselves, their communities and the local economy. The future looks positive for our apprentice bricklayer, our apprentice classroom assistant and our IT technician. But what if £550 hadn’t been spent and they had not been helped through the BEEP programme and by the volunteer mentors?
Joe says “By providing these individuals [BEEP mentees] with routes to employment the financial dependency on the state is considerably reduced and the money they earn will often be spent in the local economy on day to day goods and services.”
To find out more about BEEP how you can contribute and make ‘Spend to Save’ a reality please visit the BEEP website
Eight young positive people greeted guest employers and their trained volunteer mentors at the first BEEP celebration event on Friday 21 October. Without doubt employers, mentors and the Motiv8-SW team were ‘blown away’ by the young people who have so far struggled to make positive steps towards work. Their presentations to the audience and their confidence in answering some challenging questions was impressive. These young people have gained more than the Health & Safety and First Aid Certificates they have grown in confidence, become a team, thought about their own skills and aspirations, and planned a positive future. Chelsea said “BEEP is the best programme – I felt that the team genuinely cared for me and my future … Rob (the trainer) is the best”.
These eight young people will have their trained volunteer mentors to support them from now on as they transition towards employment.
Be part of BEEP. Beep is a charity without your support more young people like these, (who are potential mechanics, barbers, hairdressers, farm workers and graphic artists), will be left behind.
BEEP received a very welcome boost thanks to the sale of Rugby World Cup 2015 banners and bunting used to promote the tournament in Exeter. Pin badges, lanyards, mini balls and other accessories donated by Rugby England 2015 were also sold to raise money. Three England squad players from Exeter Chiefs, Jack Nowell, Geoff Parling and Henry Slade supported the sale by signing two limited edition rugby balls. Councillor Rosie Denham, Lead Councillor for Economy and Culture, presenting the cheque said: “The legacy of Rugby World Cup 2015 is strong in Exeter, and the sale of memorabilia will support the tremendous work of the BEEP programme, part of which is led by enthusiastic volunteers in the business sector to mentor and support young people and give them the confidence to adapt to the sometimes daunting world of work. The project began as part of the Rugby World Cup 2015 Legacy programme and has seen so much success for the young people that it has been adopted by the wider business community. This donation will go towards the next 10-day course once funds have been raised from other sources.” The Exeter & Heart of Devon Employment and Skills Board aims to help create a ‘local world-class workforce where every individual matters’ and encourages employers to help BEEP make a positive difference to the lives of young people so that they can become part of a skilled and committed workforce.
Ben Bradshaw, MP for Exeter, met with young people and their mentors and employers at an event hosted by Everys Solicitors in Exeter to learn more about the Business Powering Employment Programme (BEEP). He said “It was great to meet Aaron and Matt and find out how BEEP is helping them. It’s really fantastic that they have moved into work and training and are doing so well, as they continue to receive support from their mentors”.
Mentee Matt Baker, 20, from Exeter, said: “The mentoring has been brilliant for me. I meet with Llewellyn quite regularly and it’s pushing me forwards. I’m at Exeter College, and know what I want to do next, to get the qualifications I need to help students with learning difficulties. I’ve got short term and longer term goals and that’s thanks to BEEP. It would be great if the programme keeps growing so more people can benefit.”
Llewellyn Nicholls, Head of Business Development and Marketing at Everys Solicitors and Matt’s mentor, said: “It’s been hugely rewarding being a mentor to Matt. He has developed hugely over the past few months. His initial goals have now been realised and he’s firmly on the career ladder. His determination has really shone through.”
The programme (initially called REEP) used Rugby World Cup 2015 legacy funds and generous support from Exeter and Heart of Devon Employment and Skills Board partners but is now being expanded to support more young people across Devon. Support from businesses across Devon is needed if the programme is to reach its potential. Companies can support BEEP through a range of partnership opportunities, including sponsorship and mentor training, which supports the personal development of employees through becoming a mentor.
Ben Bradshaw said “It’s important now that companies get involved and support, because these are our future employees and have so much to offer if we can work with them and help them develop the skills and confidence to move forwards in their lives.”
Sandra Sampson, Director of Motiv-8sw, who has been helping to run the programme said “It’s transforming. Often the young people have been out of work or education for some time, have lost their confidence and are at a low ebb. The programme is already delivering fantastic results, genuinely helping to turn people’s lives around, but we really need to scale it up so we can help more.”
BEEP helps young people learn through performance coaching techniques and then on-going support from a mentor. Over 95 per cent of those who have been on the programme have gone on to secure work and training opportunities. As well as making a huge difference to the life of a young person, the programme provides benefits for mentors. BEEP delivers training to all mentors, equipping them with transferable skills which can be used in the workplace.
Organisations interested in getting involved and supporting the programme, should contact Sandra Sampson at Motiv-8sw on 01392 873939 and firstname.lastname@example.org or visit BEEP.
Up for grabs are banners, flags and bunting used to decorate the city during the Tournament in September and October when Sandy Park hosted 3 pool matches.
All proceeds of the sale will be split between the Lord Mayor’s charity, the Exeter Foundation, and ‘BEEP’, Business Empowering Employment Programme, a successful Exeter Rugby World Cup 2015 legacy project which attracted the attention of HRH Prince Harry when he visited Exeter during Rugby World Cup 2015. BEEP makes a positive difference to the lives of young people between 16 and 24 years who are struggling to take their first steps on the career ladder.
Councillor Rosie Denham, Lead Councillor for Economy and Culture, said: “This is a great opportunity for the residents of Exeter to claim a piece of Rugby World Cup 2015 memorabilia and donate to a worthwhile local cause. Some of the items are one-off or very limited stock, so we are expecting them to sell out very quickly. The City Council raises money on behalf of the Lord Mayor’s Charity each year and we felt it appropriate to share the proceeds of the sale with one of our most successful Rugby World Cup legacy projects, the BEEP programme which has already seen a number of young people successfully employed as a result of the training programme.”
Some items are very low stock so people are being asked to order early to avoid disappointment. All items are pre-used and will be in post-display condition; therefore some items may be slightly marked or environmentally soiled. Lamp post banners do not come with fixings for hanging.
Due to the size and weight of the items, this is a cash-only and collection-only sale. Pre-ordered items via the website are to be paid for upon collection from Exeter City Council, Civic Centre, Paris Street, Exeter, by prior arrangement only (see website for details). The sale ends at 12pm on 14 January 2016.
What do a young person, a Managing Director, a local charity, a national retailer and the Army have in common? They are all part of a journey originally designed to help Aaron move from worklessness towards employment but which turned out to be something much, much more…
Aaron–The Young Person–the mentee
Aaron, has mingled with business leaders, watched two RWC 2015 matches and met HRH Prince Harry but his achievements have been much more profound and his prospects are even more positive. Aaron joined REEP* after leaving Southbrook School in Exeter and having struggled to get on the employment ladder. Intensely shy, quiet and lacking in self confidence, Aaron worked steadily through the intensive ten day programme presenting his vision of his future to employers on the final day. Working with Dan, his mentor, Aaron formulated an action plan, learnt new skills and gained in confidence through volunteering and working, and recently attended the Army Careers Office. Aaron has a quiet smile, a sense of purpose and now recognises that he has something to contribute too.
Dan–The Managing Director–the mentor
Dan initially became involved in REEP through Astley Media’s generous in-kind PR support of REEP. Intrigued by REEP, Dan volunteered for mentor training and, once completed, he was partnered with Aaron. Dan provides Aaron with continuity. He is a trusted and valued person who has the time and the training to mentor him, as well as providing very practical support. It was Dan who waited anxiously as Aaron went for his interview with the Army. Dan has been on a journey too. He has learnt more about young people and the challenges they face, used his mentoring skills at work and more widely, and become a champion for REEP and now BEEP˚.
Hospiscare–the Local Charity–the placement employer
Hospiscare in Devon provides high-quality care and support to the terminally ill. Much of Hospiscare’s income is derived from their charity shops. Volunteers greet customers, prepare donations for sale and work on the tills. The Cowick Street, Exeter branch and its “happy band” opened its doors to Aaron. More than a staging post, volunteering at Hospiscare has improved Aaron’s confidence, required his commitment, demanded routine and enhanced his skill set. Hospiscare gained a young volunteer, an insight into the challenges facing some young people and met Aaron, someone who will never forget the opportunity to work with Hospiscare.
Tesco–the National Retailer–the employer
Tesco Express in Exwick is Aaron’s employer. Once Aaron had gained confidence and valuable work experience at Hospiscare, he, with new positivity, and Dan began to work on his next steps. Sitting together they researched job adverts and planned a campaign. Aaron’s application to Tesco was successful and now Aaron is part of the Tesco team.
The Army–the destination–the future employer?
For Aaron, a career in the Army has become his destination. Only months ago, this seemed far too remote a dream. But now Aaron’s continued progress through training, mentoring, volunteering, employment and, most recently, his interview with the Army Career’s Office (while Dan waited patiently for him to reappear), make his future career a real possibility!
Ten young people who have been working hard as part of the REEP programme met HRH Prince Harry before the Nambia v Georgia RWC 2015 match at Sandy Park on 7 October. For these young people who have struggled to gain self-confidence and to make positive steps towards work, last night was a milestone and an opportunity to tell Prince Harry about their aspirations, work and the difference the REEP programme has made. Matt B who featured in a recent BBC Inside Out programme chatted to Prince Harry about his forthcoming apprenticeship organised through Exeter College and Charlie Houlden thanked Prince Harry for coming to see them and presented him with a gift of Exe Valley beers!
For Ryan, Matt and Charlie it is less than a week since they addressed an audience of business people at the Great BEEP Launch held at the Innovation Centre, University of Exeter; a testament to the increase in their new self-confidence and to the compelling nature of their achievements.
The good news is that Prince Harry, business leaders, council officials and many members of our community believe that “every individual matters” and they are ready to support and celebrate success.
We have launched a new charity BEEP (Business Empowering Employment Programme) and we are looking for businesses to get involved. If you would like to find out more visit BEEP or please contact Sandra Sampson of Motiv-8SW on 01392 873939.
Exeter and Heart of Devon Employment and Skills Board is an independent body and voice for employers, aiming to improve employment across Devon and beyond.