This February half term we welcomed back 12 young people from Luton and the surrounding area as part of the EY Foundation Our Future programme.

The main objective of the programme is to give young people in our communities the chance to build on skills for future work opportunities.

During the week the students were allocated work experience hosts within various teams and roles within Catalyst. They get involved in projects giving them valuable insight into how our teams work, while enhancing skills and gaining experience of work within the housing sector.

The students had the chance to:

  • Present wellbeing initiatives that Catalyst should look at offering its employees this year
  • Take part in a three-day taster of a customer service qualification, which can be achieved through an apprenticeship
  • Design a new reception area for Catalyst
  • Work on one of our upcoming communication campaigns or community investment projects

The Our Future programme kicked off in October 2020 with a virtual training week and included a range of online activities. Colleagues volunteered to help with sessions including training, interviews and sharing work experience.

Following the Our Future training week, every young person was matched with a fully-trained business mentor from Catalyst to work with them developing a plan for their academic, career and personal development.

When the programme finishes in April, we’ll be encouraging the young people to consider and apply for any job opportunities at Catalyst.

Want to get involved in future programmes?

If you’re a young person and would like to find out more about how you can get involved in upcoming Our Future programmes, please get in touch with our Communities team.