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Companies join forces to develop a common employee engagement programme with the Belgian community

Posted: Thursday 10 July 14, 7.37am GMT

Several companies join forces to develop a common employee engagement programme with the Belgian community in order to improve employability and achieve a bigger impact.

To stimulate employability in Belgium, Business & Society cooperate with the ENGAGE Key Cities programme, which provides a worldwide collaborative opportunity for business and community partners to positively impact a specific city.

  • ENGAGE “Discover your Talent”

On May 22 2014, about 100 job seekers between age 18 and 25 came together in Anderlecht in order to discover their talents. They were by 80 volunteers from the business world – Accenture, Elia, Freshfield Bruckhaus Deringer and Securex – and the non-profits Business & Society and Maks VZW throught the programme “Discover your Talent”.

Business & Society coordinated the programme, which aims to stimulate employability of young job seekers living in disadvantaged areas. For an entire day, they received concrete and practical advice through interactive workshops such as: how to make your own CV? How to present yourself in an interview? How to use internet and social media in order to find a job?

This was the fourth edition of “Discover your Talent” in Brussels. The project is supported by ACTIRIS, Abattoirs, and de Vlaamse GemeenschapsCommissie. This edition also welcomed Peter Smeets, coach of football player and Red Devil Anthony Vanden Borre, who inspired the job seekers with a motivating speech about life and the choices we all have to make.

For more information about this programme visit www.discoveryourtalent.be.

  • ENGAGE Schools

Engage Schools is an initiative lead by Business & Society and Beci. Volunteers from Accenture organised workshops on skills, interview techniques and CV writing for young students from two technical schools in Brussels: Institut Saint Joseph and Institut Notre Dame. These students then visited the Heidelberg Cement site and discovered some technical positions held by employees. The objectives were to teach employability skills to these young students before they go on the labour market and to motivate them in their studies.

  • ENGAGE Antwerp

Following the same principle, the ENGAGE project was also organised in the city of Antwerp. Together with companies – Umicore, SD Worx, KBC – and non-profit organisations – Jes, CAS, and KAVKA – Business & Society started a similar project. During this project, Umicore and KBC welcomed groups of young people at their site, and shared with them what it is like to work at a big company.

For youngsters/future job seekers attending school, this approach seems to be the most efficient way to get an idea about working life and the jobs they might want to apply for when they graduate. This project was recently approved by the city of Antwerp and is a part of their official employability plan – JongerenAanBod 2013-2018 -.

For more information contact Oriane Devroey.

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