Why I'm positive about our Work It Out coaching

Thursday 23 April 2015

The sun beat down as I sipped an iced mango drink. The streets were full of young people in shorts and flip flops, but I wasn’t in Malaga, I was in Middlesbrough.

Charlotte Pic  2I was there with my colleague Suzi as part of the roll-out of our free telephone and online coaching service, Work It Out. We launched Work It Out last July to help 18-30 year old women with work, life and building confidence and it has been a great success.

Some 90 women took part in the pilot, which we mainly ran in London, in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Ninety percent felt more confident as a result, 72% felt more work-ready and 80% acted on ideas suggested by their coaches.

Now it’s time to spread the word about Work It Out. Suzi and I were in the North East and the West Midlands to do exactly that, making sure that organisations who work with young women know about us and how to direct young women to Work It Out.

The service is unique so we had to begin by explaining how it works.

Open to young women who are not in work, or who are in and out of low paid, insecure jobs, Work It Out is free, flexible and friendly. Young women can use one of several different ways to get in touch with one of our professional coaches, give coaching a try and then, if they find it helpful, arrange to speak again at a convenient time

The coaches help the young women to set goals, build their confidence and take steps toward the work and future they want. I’m really excited to be rolling the service out to women across the rest of the country; many face some really tough times but I feel sure that Work It Out can help, and my positivity isn’t just a result of all that lovely sunshine!