As part of a needs assessment that we carried out among our members, we identified four areas where we felt members could be given useful support: members needed (i) better access to employment training opportunities; (ii) greater confidence in their own abilities and greater insight into skills gaps; (iii) help overcoming anxiety and issues around poor self-image; and (iv) more concrete knowledge of career pathways. We therefore decided to approach one of our corporate partners with a view to running a coaching programme for members that would prepare them for employment.
Last year, Body & Soul was lucky enough to be chosen as charity partner for Tokio Marine HCC (TMHCC), a leading specialty insurance group. As part of this three-year partnership, employees from TMHCC will be offering their expertise and encouragement to young adult members (ages 19-30) as part of the Coaching for the Future programme. This means working with members on a one-to-one basis to map goals and plot steps to achieving those goals, while building confidence and addressing anxieties.
Nick is one of the coaches involved in the scheme. He is an actuary at TMHCC with a lot of experience in recruiting for roles. He has been coaching two of our members: one member is in employment at the moment but is trying to identify his passion so he can carve out a path to a successful and fulfilling career; the other is still at college and is looking for help and guidance in putting his CV together and applying for the right roles. The experience so far has been positive for all concerned – the coaching sessions have been useful for the members as they have encouraged them to focus on their goals and ambitions, and possible routes to achieving them. Nick also tells me he has learned a lot from the members he is coaching, so that’s a bonus!
The intention is that the Coaching for the Future programme will result in increased numbers of young adult members engaged in education, employment, training or volunteering roles. We are grateful to TMHCC for donating their skills, passion and time, and we are pleased that our members have embraced this opportunity – we hope that this will be one step on an exciting journey towards a productive working life for them.