New research from the Lloyds Scholars Programme reveals the outstanding impact that volunteering is having on young people, including developing skills, becoming more employable and feeling good about their social impact.
Lloyds Scholars is a social mobility programme that is having a positive impact on employability for over 600 students from lower income households. The undergraduates on the programme are given financial support, paid internships, professional mentoring and a wealth of opportunities to develop their employability skills. In return, all Scholars commit to at least 100 hours of skills based volunteering in their communities each academic year.
For most Scholars joining the programme, volunteering was a new experience, and 92% said that they would not otherwise give as much time and skills to local community projects.
The survey also found that young people think volunteering has improved their skills and capabilities in: people skills (91%), employability skills (90%), organisational and planning skills (88%), time management skills (79%), leadership skills (78%), entrepreneurial and business skills (36%)