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Helping young people improve chances of securing work

A new poll indicates that by providing opportunities for young people to develop their interview skills and get some work experience under their belts, thousands more could secure employment.

The ICM Research survey points to how Traineeships can give young people the skills employers are looking for. Over half (59%) of the employers polled said they had hired young people into entry level positions in the last five years, with 54% of these saying this was because the young recruit had prepared well for the interview.

Furthermore, two in every five of all employers surveyed said they would be more likely to recruit a young person or school leaver who had done at least six weeks’ high quality work experience.

Traineeships were launched last year to help young people improve their employability prospects and unlock their potential. A Traineeship provides the work preparation training, work experience and support with English and Maths skills needed to get an Apprenticeship or other job.

The study also suggests the introduction of Traineeships could even encourage employers to create more jobs for young people. Almost half (49%) of employers polled would consider creating a brand new role for a young person that impressed them during a work experience placement.

The poll also provides employer insight into the other ways Traineeships can help young people improve their chances of securing work. It finds:
• Three quarters (74%) of employers surveyed would be more likely to recruit a young person or school leaver if they had prepared well for an interview
• Nearly half (48%) of the employers polled would be more likely to recruit a young person or school leaver if they had a good reference from an employer or training organisation
• 45% of the firms surveyed say an eye-catching and well-thought out CV would improve a young candidate’s chances of securing role.

The survey went on to show that two fifths (42%) of firms would like to do more to help young people in their area into work, whilst a further study of young people highlights their eagerness to improve their employability prospects. 63% say they want to improve their confidence, whilst 57% want to increase their skills to do the job and 46% want assistance in developing skills to deal with other people.

Traineeships help unlock the great potential of young people and prepare them for their future careers by helping them to become ‘work ready’. They are delivered by training organisations with the content tailored to the needs of the business and individual.

To view the full article visit HR Review

Hewett Recruitment and their team of consultants work with a number of local schools, colleges and the University of Worcester talking to students, providing advice and guidance on careers, CV tips,
Interview advice and what employers are looking for when recruiting. Louise Hewett has been involved as an advisor to the business school at the University of Worcester looking at ensuring curriculum covers employability modules to assist students when entering the workforce.    

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