The Junior Board launched in 2017 in collaboration with the CIC Leeds Forum business partners who agreed that social mobility should be one of their focus areas for the region.
Several top employers in Leeds worked alongside local schools in sessions designed to give young people from diverse backgrounds direct experience with senior leaders and for leaders to gain insight into what makes a dream employer.
Watch the Junior Board Highlights video
The programme has two main purposes:
Future diverse talent - who can share their perspectives with senior leaders and increase their awareness and confidence. It will also enable the students to gain core employability skills around leadership, resilience, team-building and communication, as well as prepare them for employment.
Employers - will be introduced to future, diverse talent and gain insights from the talent, so they can consider how their culture, practices and processes need to change to attract and retain talent.
Junior Board 2019
Junior Board was held across three consecutive days in Leeds in July during work experience week working with partners Mercer, Pinsent Masons and Hays to implement the programme.
It’s important to engage with the future generation as they are our future leaders and it gives us an opportunity to learn from them and equip them with the right skills and knowledge to take the business to the next level.
Anna Vinogradova, Engagement and Diversity Manager, Northern Rail