NI companies launch 'Your Child, Their Future' virtual event

  • Allstate NI, EY and Herbert Smith Freehills, together have organized a ‘virtual parents evening’ series to explore potential employment pathways for young people.

    The series kicks off on Tuesday 11 August and will be delivered by leading professionals from the three companies who are also parents.

    It aims to look at the future world of work, help parents begin discussions with their children on career aspirations and how they can plan for this at the earliest possible stage.

    The current economic situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic has illuminated the need to address the significant skills gaps in the Northern Ireland economy and provide rewarding career opportunities for the future.

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    The three globally recognised firms hope that participation in this event will entice parents to consider alternative careers which might not have been previously thought of.

    Allstate NI, EY and Herbert Smith Freehills represent three diverse sectors of the NI economy; IT, Legal and Professional Services.

    Combined, the organisations employ more than 3,000 people across NI.

    Suzi Murtagh, director at Allstate NI commented that her firm is “thrilled” about the collaboration, adding: “There is no doubt this is a challenging and worrying time for students and parents alike and it is important that businesses lead from the front at this time.

    “As experienced leaders and parents in business, we collectively felt it was important that we shared our view on what the skills of the future are in a way that might make parents think differently about potential careers for their children. It is often the case that parents don’t quite realise the potential offered by a career in tech or by companies such as our own and this will be an excellent opportunity to get that message out there.”

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    Michael Hall, managing partner at EY Northern Ireland continued: “Our experience over the last number of months will fundamentally alter how work operates into the future and will create opportunities for a broader range of roles and skills than existed before. At EY, we play an active role in equipping our workforce with the skills they need to excel and build a better working world into the future. We do this through ongoing investment in upskilling our people, and through a huge focus on our graduate programme, so our involvement with ‘Your Child, Their Future’ is a natural fit for our firm.

    “It’s important that the parents of people who will be moving up through the ranks understand how work is likely to change into the future so that they are equipped with the right information to help guide their children towards their chosen career path, whatever that may be. The road ahead will bring its challenges, but there are careers and entire industries that will emerge as a result of this pandemic, so there is a lot for young people to be excited about.”

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