WE DO. Print Runs the Perfect Apprentice Scheme for Disadvantaged Youth
by Sangeeta Haindl
Rising tuition fees and low pay for UK graduates has led to a rapid rise in apprenticeships, as young people seek an alternative to academic qualifications. However, children in care face unique challenges with disruptions at home and school and is reflected in the grades they achieve, which can then hamper their entry criteria for apprenticeships. Therefore, to level the playing field, when an employer considers whether to take on a disadvantaged young person, their potential to complete the course and do well should be taken into account, along with their entry qualifications.
WE DO. Print, a social enterprise committed to give disadvantaged young people an opportunity to learn new skills and become ‘work-ready’, enabling them to turn a corner and change their lives. Established by husband and wife team, Symon Bye, a former teacher at an inner city school and Simone Hindmarch-Bye, they take on 40 young people on board annually. They also run a ‘Trainee of the Year Award’ to help inspire these young people and this years’ winner is Samuel Jackson, who wins a £2,000 bursary to further help his studies.
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Sangeeta Haindl writes on women and children; sustainability; climate change; social enterprise and social entrepreneurs. She has a particular interest in India. She is the founder of Serendipity PR, in London, UK, where she works with high-profile brands and organizations in the public, non-profit, and corporate sectors, winning awards for her work from the communications industry. She has been appointed to the Women In Enterprise Taskforce and was until recently chairman of London's leading conscious well-being organisation, Alternatives, which hosts leading speakers such as Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Neale Donald Walsch and many other well-known names. She describes herself as a Spiritual Entrepreneur, Conscious Explorer; enjoying helping others, paying it forward and being a mum.