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AGL. & London Mayor team up to give young Londoners a head start

3 June 2014

HeadStart London is a bold initiative which seeks to address the problems of 20 per cent youth unemployment and extreme social segregation in the capital.  In partnership with AGL and The Challenge charity, HeadStart London offers diverse groups of 16-18 year-olds the opportunity to build their employability skills through social action projects and dedicated workshops, rewarding them for the contribution they make to their local communities with interviews for part-time and seasonal work with partner businesses.

AGL Young People, the dedicated team at AGL which works exclusively with schools, colleges and businesses to improve communication among Britain’s young people, is playing a central role in the programme, providing participants with dedicated coaching to help them communicate their skills and passions compellingly and authentically.

Liz Lacovara, Head of AGL Young People says, “Our research shows that young people’s reliance on digital communication is seriously eroding their verbal communication skills.   They now spend so much of their time on digital communication – and yet we know that the defining moments of their lives and careers will be determined, not by how well they can communicate on Facebook or Twitter, but on how well they communicate verbally.

“We’re thrilled to be working with the Mayor to tackle this problem, by helping young people develop a greater sense of self-awareness and learn to express themselves clearly, confidently and authentically.  This will give them a real head start in understanding how to communicate in an interview, and provide them with a solid foundation in good communication which will be invaluable to them throughout their entire lives.”

AGL will be running a series of dedicated Speak Out group coaching workshops for HeadStart London, working with the young participants to teach them how to prepare physically and mentally, how to increase the impact of what they are saying, and how to answer interview questions vividly and persuasively .

 

Note to editors

AGL is an unconventional communications consultancy based in New Bond Street, London. They provide UK and international clients with a range of communication services, from individual and group coaching to corporate narrative development and employee engagement programmes.

Founded by Anthony Gordon Lennox, a former producer on the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme, Question Time, AGL has established a reputation as a pioneer in authentic communication for both leaders and businesses.

Their work is driven by the simple belief that people are at their best when they’re being themselves – and that the same is true of the companies they work for. It gives them a distinctive voice, making them stand out from the crowd.