The #YouthEmpowered programme by Coca‑Cola HBC is designed to give young people access to the life and business skills they need to transition into work. It aims to improve employment prospects through access to employability workshops based training, online content and mentoring support.
#YouthEmpowered this new employability programme is designed to give young people access to the training, advice and support they need to get their future careers on track.
The ambitious initiative which is being run globally by Coca‑Cola HBC, will provide training to 400 unemployed young people across Ireland and Northern Ireland in its first year, helping them to get on a pathway to meaningful employment.
It is a concern that unless tailored supports and intervention are put in place for this group of young people they could find it difficult to ever get on the road to employment.
#YouthEmpowered, developed by Coca‑Cola HBC, will specifically target young people not currently in employment, training or education and who need additional support to get back on the right track.
- 40,000 The number of young people not in employment across the island of Ireland
The programme will be delivered in partnership with Fastrack to IT (FIT) with the support of Business in the Community Northern Ireland.
A substantial investment has been made to develop a curriculum which is designed to help remove the barriers that exist for young people between the ages of 18 and 30 who have left the formal education system but who have been unable to secure or retain employment.
There are a core set of life skills, not something taught through the educational system, that can often hold the key to helping ensure future success for these young people. These life skills, together with basic business understanding, are delivered in the first two modules of the Youth Empowered programme. The life skills module, named ‘Me & Others’, focuses on improving self-knowledge and basic psychology. The business skills modules cover key competencies including project management and financial literacy, under the heading ‘Me & the workplace’.
Matthieu Seguin, Managing Director, Coca‑Cola HBC Ireland and Northern Ireland said: "Coca‑Cola HBC passionately believes in the potential of young people as leaders and community change makers. As a leading employer across Ireland and Northern Ireland, we have a responsibility to ensure that the society in which we operate is sustainable and prosperous for all.
“While many young people leaving school and university today are well placed to secure employment require further support to help them transition from the education arena to the working world. We have identified some basic life skills that will help build back confidence and self-esteem in this group of young people, help them to understand the value that they bring to society and can bring to the workplace. We hope that the 400 young people that benefit from the #YouthEmpowered programme, will use it as a stepping stone towards a brighter future.”
#YouthEmpowered focuses on two key areas – Life Skills and Business Skills – as employers today require young people to be quick learners and integrate smoothly into the workplace with an understanding of self and the commercial environment. With just almost 1 in 5 young people living in Ireland and Northern Ireland unemployed, the opportunity of moving between education and employment has never been greater.
The programme will be delivered in partnership with Fastrack In to IT (FIT), with the support of Business in the Community Northern Ireland. A substantial investment has been made to develop a curriculum which is designed to help remove the barriers that exist for young people between the ages of 18 and 30 who have left the formal education system but who have been unable to secure or retain employment.
"Me and others”
Life Skills will help participant recognise and develop the skills they have, helping them to make better career choices, building confidence, boosting their employability and help them stand out from the competition.
Life Skills Modules
- Identify your skills: Understand self, own strengths and developmental opportunities
- Interacting with others: Confidence and ability to interact with others
- Dealing with Feedback: Listening learning to take and act on feedback
- Build a strong CV: Show your best self with by communicating your own strengths and achievements
"Me and the workplace”
Business Skills will improve participant knowledge of core work competences, helping them to adjust to the business environment more smoothly
Business Skills Modules
- Business Planning: Set goals and plans to achieve them.
- Financial Literacy: Understand how to read numbers.
- Project Management: effectively execute a plan.
- Sales & Negotiation Skills: Sell products & services, ideas and get desired valued in return for offer product, service, idea.
- Time Management: Managing time and objectives to reach a successful self and other satisfaction
The #YouthEmpowered programme will be fully supported by Coca‑Cola HBC mentors who will pass on their valuable first-hand experiences, about work, business and life, offering support to participants during the programme.
27 courses are planned and they will be delivered across the island and Ireland throughout 2017 - Athy, Balbriggan, Ballina, Ballymahon, Banagher, Belfast, Blanchardstown, Blessington, Cappawhite, Carrickmacross, Cavan Town, Clara, Clondalkin, Cookstown, Cootehill, Delvin, Derry, Dublin, Dungarvan, Glen, Gortahork, Kilbeggan, Kingscourt, Limerick City, Longford, Macroom, Navan, Portadown, Rush, Tallaght and Wicklow.
Following the 2017 roll-out of the programme, Coca‑Cola HBC will scale it to meet demand.
This is a part-time programme for young people, taking place over an two day course.
#YouthEmpowered is designed to support young people aged 18-30, focusing on those who are not in education, employment or training.
The programme is free of charge.
If you would like to find out more or apply for #YouthEmpowered please contact:
Coca‑Cola HBC Ireland & Northern Ireland Knockmore Hill 12 Lissue Road, Lisburn, BT28 2NP
Tel:+44 28 92 642000
7a Bellevue Industrial Estate Glasnevin, Dublin 11
Tel: +0353 1 8825570