• 4 February 2019

Creating a brighter future with XLP

As part of Waterman’s commitment to building links with the local community, adding social value and supporting worthy causes, we have been working alongside XLP, a London-based charity with a passion to serve the community by meeting the social, educational and behavioural needs of young people.

XLP work with approximately 1,600 young people in over 50 schools and 30 inner city estates each week. Their long-term approach sees them support young people starting secondary school through to achieving employment, guiding every student to make wise lifestyle choices and create a positive future for themselves; staying in school, avoiding gangs, crime and antisocial behaviour.

Through our growing relationship, Nick Harrison, Group Learning and Development Manager, has successfully hosted three interactive Interview Skills Workshops which have introduced XLP candidates to engineering whilst taking part in mock-interview sessions as though they were applying for an apprenticeship with us. These workshops offered an insight into the operations of the professional world as well as providing feedback on how to improve and impress an employer when putting themselves forward for any job role.

Attendees praised the workshop for giving them a better understanding of the interview process and knowing the best way to present themselves on a CV. In their opinion, the most beneficial tactics they learnt were how to maintain eye contact, use the appropriate communication skills, and what sort of questions to ask an employer at the end of an interview.

Looking to the future, we hope to continue working alongside XLP to explore further volunteering opportunities, supporting their community projects and creating more positive experiences for the younger generation.

Naomi Allen, Ministries and Training Director at XLP, commented; “Living in a society which is becoming increasingly polarised, social mobility is slowing and genuine opportunities for those from poorer backgrounds are hard to find. We believe that where you are born shouldn’t impact what you become, and our Youth Workers are reaching out to companies who give opportunities for young people to grow as part of this transformation process. After attending these workshops, we have been really impressed by how many people have gone on for interviews and been successful.”

For further information on XLP, you can visit their website by clicking here.

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