Futures Academy

How You Can Be A Futures Academy Mentor & Why This Benefits You

At Unity Enterprises East Anglia we invest in, and believe in providing young people with a platform to shine. A method of showcasing their skills, determination, attitude and aspiration without being viewed purely by a piece of paper or qualifications they may not have gained due to barriers or social challenges they may have faced, or be facing. 

Through collaboration we can best meet the changing needs of young people to make them more resilient, sustainable employees of the future. By understanding the sector we can enable young people to focus on the future, build their personal brand and supply the business community with motivated, resilient employees of the future who are willing to learn. 

Our activities and projects provide an opportunity to showcase skills that they may not get the opportunity to display or may not even realise they have. With your support we can provide a platform to grow ambition and raise aspiration and cultivate a better attitude to learning to progress to a prosperous, positive and sustainable future. 

with your support we can showcase local opportunities and the personal and social skills it takes to be a sustainable, responsible and valued employee and positive member of the community. 

How can you support?...

  • Offer a 3 hour workplace experience visit and tailored CV workshop
  • Become a mentoring & coaching partner by supporting your staff to become employment mentors
  • Offer longer term/more in-depth work experience opportunities. 
  • Sponsor a Futures Academy programme for a school or youth organisation
  • Offer pro-bono support to the programme to enable growth and development
  • Pledge your support to helping young people grow and progress and be involved in our collaboration events. 

How can this benefit you?...

  • Accredited ILM training in Coaching & Mentoring
  • Further Workshops to enhance staff CPD
  • Safeguarding training and Enhanced DBS Check
  • Support your CSR strategy and aspirations through unique activity
  • Give you alternative ways to engage your staff teams in innovative community activity 
  • Support you to grow your staff teams and future leaders by being involved
  • Deliver accredited training to support staff teams in coaching and mentoring
  • Provide positive community engagement and press/social media coverage
  • Provide links and networks to other organisations, businesses and education providers

What commitment we need from you?...

  • 2 days training & 10hrs supervision (supervision can be via Skype)
  • Further written work for ILM qualification
  • 20 hours of mentoring
  • Enhanced DBS check (Cost will be met)

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Why not join the likes of UK Power Networks, Barclays, Metro Bank, Wilkin & Sons of Tiptree, Direct Solutions, WRS Insurance, KAT Marketing and Lifehouse Spa & Hotel in supporting our work. 



Can you inspire young people?...

Can you inspire young people through a unique access, inspiring visit to your business? Visits are simple and managed and usually take anything between 2 hours and a full day to suit you.

We like a visit to consist of a tour, Q&A and some kind of activity or challenge which showcases the business and the roles and functions in undertakes. This provides young people with a fun, unique way to learn about local labour markets and employers as well as the range of opportunities that exist for them to pursue.

We are always keen to share ideas and make the experience as best as we can make it. Some have had a bespoke CV & interview workshop, some have had hands on activities and we've even had quizzes and team building games!

Young people can learn what skills, personality traits and attributes employers look for in their people through visiting a range of employers who offer a variety of opportunities. We love different and are always looking for businesses who can show unique and innovative employment offerings. 

Why not join Tiptree, UK Power Networks, Network Rail, BT, Direct Solutions, Five Lakes Resort, The Army and others in offering these unique visits. Please email office@unityenterprises.org


Experience Lab

Did you ever get the chance to try the job you really wanted when you were at school?  The Experience Lab gives young people the opportunity to do just that! 

This project is all about live experiences in a range of businesses and employers. Over a series of weekly sessions young people learn about all aspects of the business, departments and roles. This enables them to find out about roles which meet their interests, strengths and skills. 

The Experience Lab gives young people the chance to sample work life and what employers look for beyond a CV. 

Over several weeks young people get hands on, try new challenges and experiences and learn new skills. We work with a range of employers who provide young people with a unique experience, and the chance to 'takeover' specific roles and showcase their employability skills. 

The Experience Lab provides accredited work experience for young people to grow aspirations, learn about the range of employment available and what fits them. 

Can you join Five lakes Resort, The Royal Hotel and UK Power Networks in opening unique opportunities for young people. 



Project Sponsorship, Event Sponsorship & Corporate Patrons

We have many events, fundraisers and events you can sponsor. Maybe you are passionate about a certain group of young people or a specific project resonates or fits with you or your business? We are always keen to hear your ideas and thoughts about how we can work with you. We have a range of opportunities to suit all budgets. 

Corporate Patrons

Would you like to associate your brand or organisation with our work to open opportunity and links with other organisations, businesses and education providers? Maybe you would like to explore one of our corporate patron packages to suit your needs. Please do get in touch if this is of interest. 


unity netwalk

Would you consider becoming a Unity Netwalk sponsor?

We are really excited to have launched our first NetWalking event in Colchester. We will also be launching soon in Clacton and Harwich and are on the hunt for 10 official sponsors for the next 12 months. This is an affordable way to support our work and get your brand out there to many different businesses and professionals. 

Net Walks are a great way to promote health and wellbeing amongst your staff and get them motivated and refreshed before they start work. Enjoy a stroll on some great local walks followed by tea/coffee and light breakfast. Networking gives the opportunity to meet likeminded businesses and enjoy a 45 minute light walk. Each event will be at a cost of £5. All profits come to Unity Enterprises.

Our first is kindly being hosted and sponsored by Metro Bank Colchester. 

If you would like to sponsor us across all 3 locations you can do so for just £120 for the next 12 months. There are 10 spaces and this will provide 1 free tickert to each Net Walk, opportunities to present your business and have banners, flyers and promotional material at each event as well as social media and website coverage and your logo on printed and online leaflets, invites and newsletters. 

Please get in touch if this interests you and you want to promote health and wellbeing in your workplace. office@unityenterprises.org


fundraising & charity of the year

Getting your staff teams involved

Do you encourage and motivate your teams to undertake their own challenges and activities for charity? 

Do you nominate a charity of the year partner? Research shows that being involved in their community can serve to motivate employees and develop their skills. 

We'd love to hear from you about how we can support this and how you want to work together. We will also be organising some events which you can get involved in and support. Evidence points to staff being more motivated and empowered when their employer encourages them to be involved in their local community through volunteering and fundraising. 


the inkbin

We are hugely excited to be partnering with The Ink Bin to support our fundraising  and increase awareness of climate crisis. This will open opportunities for young people to be proud of where they live and take social action for future generations. If you are a business or school in Tendring or Colchester and can have a collection bin in your premises we'd love to hear from you! 

You can read more about The Ink Bin here


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