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Young Volunteers Translate Social Action into CV Speak

Do-it.org has teamed up with O2 Think Big to launch a mobile app for young people to help build on their volunteering to boost their CV.  Called Gro the app aims to make it easier for young people to highlight the skills and experience they gain through volunteering to prospective employers by converting activities completed to CV friendly terms.

The Gro app was developed by O2 Think Big with Do-it.org, the UK’s largest digital volunteering service. The app was launched in #iwill week, an annual celebration of youth social action across the UK co-ordinated by Step Up To Serve, a campaign that aims to get more young people into social action, headed by HRH The prince of Wales who attended the celebration held in London and spoke to young people using the app. Working with business, education and the voluntary sector, the  campaign aims to ensure that all young people are empowered to play their part in creating positive change in our communities.

Tracey Herald, Head of Community at O2 said: “Young people can struggle to take volunteering or work experience and make it relevant to prospective employers. So Gro has been designed to help them demonstrate how voluntary and extra-curricular activities they’ve taken part in have helped them develop tangible skills – avoiding the jargon people sometimes fall into.”

A recent report from CIPD encourages more employers to include questions about volunteering and social action as part of the selection process – in order to unlock young people’s “hidden talents” and experiences. According to the #iwill campaign, approximately 3 million people aged between 10 and 20 years old (12%) have undertaken volunteering and social action activity across the UK, but need help to translate the skills and experience they gain through volunteering into “CV speak”.

Jamie Ward-Smith, CEO at Do-it.org comments:  “Volunteering can provide amazing opportunities to boost career development. Enabling young people to translate their social action experiences into CV friendly terms that can impress prospective employers is a great way to demonstrate this and give young volunteers a boost in a competitive jobs market. The new Gro mobile app does just that and we’re thrilled to have worked together with O2 to launch this important new tool.”

Gro is available for Android and iPhones, download it from the Google Play and iOS App stores. To find out more visit www.gothinkbig.co.uk/gro

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