CASE STUDY – ALVINA MOREY
Alvina Morey is Enterprise Co-ordinator at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority. We are excited to share her experience as one of our regular volunteers and why she is so keen to inspire the next generation at our careers awareness and employability skills events:
I love working with young people and feeling like you’ve done something good. You can also always learn something new from them!
Form the Future has an excellent reputation and is a very professional organisation. When I’ve volunteered at their events, there are never any surprises – we’re briefed very well and in advance. Good communication is really important.
One of their strengths is that they seek feedback and improvement from us volunteers, to improve events and the volunteer experience, as well as what impact they can have on students.
I really like helping at a mix of events and being able to share my experience and teach the students transferable skills. I also like to explain how what they are learning at school will apply to a workplace and that there’s no need for a clear career path.
Their events are very inclusive – it gets the less confident or less academic students to participate, work in a team and knocks down perceived barriers. Those that seem unengaged can become the most enthusiastic team leaders by the end of the day. I really enjoy helping them find their motivation and interest and running with it. It also gives an opportunity for a less structured ‘lesson’ and lets them get hands-on, creative and use their imagination.
I was able to see this on a slightly longer timescale when I was delighted to be able to support, as a mentor, several groups of young students at Bottisham Village College taking part in Form the Future’s NatWest Enterprise Programme. The students had already won at their initial Enterprise Day, and our subsequent mentoring sessions were to develop and take their idea a step further.
I was very impressed as to how they worked and persevered with their idea to a conclusion. After completing a business plan, they worked collaboratively, delegating tasks amongst themselves, researching competitors, identifying barriers, following up on emails and investigating costs. Their presentations were most informative and enjoyable to watch. I commend the students for the way in which they approached this task and demonstrated themselves as excellent ambassadors for Bottisham Village College.
We are so grateful to our volunteers like Alvina, for giving up their time and sharing their knowledge and experiences with young people across Cambridgeshire. If you’re interested in supporting our events, sign up on our Volunteer Portal and take a look at our Events Calendar to see what we have coming up.
Whether you’re a whizz at CV writing, a successful entrepreneur or keen to inspire the next generation into your industry, we’d love you to get involved!