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Published on October 28th, 2020 | by The GC Team

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AO turns mentor in digital skills programme

Employees at online electricals retailer AO are equipping young people with the skills and experience needed to secure quality jobs in the digital sector.

The initiative is part of FastFutures – a development programme designed to increase employability for 18-22 year olds – of which the Bolton-based retailer is one of 12 founding partners.  

For the next three months, 11 mentors from AO will give their time to offer support and advice to an assigned young person to provide fresh opportunities to those from disadvantaged backgrounds who may struggle to find their feet in a post-Covid job market.  

AO is the only North West headquartered employer participating in the programme.

Alongside the mentoring aspect, the retailer has committed to offering mock interviews with constructive feedback for 50 young people and in the second phase of the programme the business will also deliver a virtual ‘site visit’ for participants, offering an insight into life at the company and how it uses data.   

James Warburton, Learning Specialist at AO and FastFutures mentor, said: “I remember making my first steps into the world of work and it certainly wasn’t easy. The uncertainty of the current job market is only going to add to the challenge of finding your first role. The FastFutures scheme will hopefully make it easier for the young people on the programme and I’m grateful for the opportunity to offer my support.”

The mentoring scheme compliments AO’s wider recruitment campaign, as the retailer has created 650 new roles to manage sustained increase in demand for products. Following the programme, the retailer hopes to consider the FastFutures participants for vacancies at the company.

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