MUSIC EMPLOYABILITY PROGRAMME
Suited for Success is partnering with Maverick Sounds to engage with unemployed young people aged 18-24 to explore employment, skills and training aspirations using urban music production as an engagement tool.
Standing Out with Maverick Sounds
Towards the end of 2022 Suited for Success worked in partnership with Birmingham based Maverick Sounds to run a pilot employment project to engage with unemployed young people, to explore employment, skills and training aspirations, using urban music production as an engagement tool.
Funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority Jobs and Skills Academy as part of the B2022 Commonwealth Games, the aim of the pilot employment project was to engage with young people who often don’t connect with mainstream support and at risk of involvement with crime; develop life skills, build connections and gaining knowledge that will help them move into employment or training.
Music and employment preparation
Over 3 weeks the project included a mix of interactive music workshops with employment preparation. Participants gained practical lyric writing skills, music production and engineering including several days at a professional music studio in Digbeth (A Class Studios), whilst exploring everything from barriers into work, confidence building, self-esteem and identity to mental health, being stereotyped, also social and presentation skills.
The days at Suited for Success included individualised employment support, one-to-one coaching, employment support and preparing for job interviews with the provision of a FREE interview suit and accessories.
Also included was a visit to BBC Birmingham where the group met BBC staff and TV/Radio presenters, and inspirational talks from a Goldman Sachs senior director and a successful music artist.
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The aim of the programme was to broaden the horizons of the young people away from their usual environments and start the conversation about employment or what the working world could look like for them. Even just being dressed smart ready for a job interview helped changed perceptions.