Going for gold in Greater Manchester Talent Match Mark

Urban Vision is committed to supporting local schools and offering advice to help develop young people’s futures after education and to provide students with opportunities in the engineering world, as well as endeavour to decrease youth unemployment in Salford overall.

Recently, Urban Vision attended St. Ambrose Barlow High School to interview 24 Year 13 students as part of their BTEC qualification in Business. This, in addition to careers fairs and mock interviews at the school, is part of Urban Vision’s 12 – 18 month career enterprise scheme, in which members of staff are already fully immersed.

Sarah Royle, Urban Vision’s People Development Manager, said:

“Urban Vision understands the importance of quality student / employer interactions which is why we were delighted to support the Year 13 students with their Recruitment and Selection module as part of their BTEC Business qualification.

“We were highly impressed with the effort, conduct and overall performance of all the students and wouldn’t hesitate to engage with them again in the future. They are a credit to St. Ambrose Barlow!”

The efforts of staff members from Urban Vision over the past few months in supporting young people in their decisions about their futures after education means that Urban Vision are well on their way to achieving gold status in the Greater Manchester Talent Match Mark.

There are a number of reasons why Urban Vision are striving for gold, but among them are to be recognised as an employer that creates opportunities for young people in the local community, in order to work with a national network of organisations providing pre-employment support to thousands of talented young people and to create real opportunities for social mobility across Salford.

Moreover, Urban Vision want to provide existing employees with the opportunity to support young people and therefore develop their management, public speaking and presentation skills, as well as improve staff retention and employee investment.

Sally Cheshire, Assistant Head of Sixth Form at St. Ambrose Barlow High School, said:

“Urban Vision is supporting St. Ambrose in many different positive ways. From Barry Pilkington, who is our Business Adviser, offering a strategic approach to our careers programme and working with us to develop this following the release of the new careers strategy in January. His advice and support is invaluable to us as a school and sixth form.

“With our sixth form, we have been working on the Business Studies unit for recruitment and selection and Urban Vision helped us to carry out the professional interviews as part of this unit of work. The students gained a great deal of information from this process and it had a big impact on future aspirations and career goal setting.”

Urban Vision have plans in motion to further support St. Ambrose Barlow students by offering work experience in July 2018 as an opportunity for them to learn even more about the business.