Youth Employment – Are apprenticeships the answer?

6 years ago

 

 

I was part of the generation that was force fed A-Levels and carted off to University without a second thought.

Quite simply, I wasn’t even aware that it was possible to complete my GCSE’s and start working somewhere on a training programme.

I now ask myself why?

A Sociology graduate, quite frankly my degree meant nothing, unless I was to launch into teaching the subject it was pretty much a very expensive certificate – not to mention three years of slogging to achieve it!

Since joining Cummins Mellor, I’ve had my eyes opened to the merits of apprenticeships and the huge impact it can make on developing young people into independent, commercially minded leaders within a business.

A whopping 25% of our employees are apprentices or former apprentices and we’ve a proven record of offering permanent appointments to the people we bring through the business.

Both our Marketing Manager and Head of Operations started in their late teens and have steadily worked their way up – two headstrong, intelligent and powerful young women who now have the opportunity to make important decisions for the growth and development of our company.

And it doesn’t stop there; we’re now looking for 3 new people to join us on Business Administration & Accountancy Apprenticeships.

But you guessed it – we’re struggling to find them!

What I’m keen to explore is how we can continue to attract young people into apprenticeships and show them that spending time, money and effort on Further Education qualifications, that may or may not lead to a job, is not the only route!

What I feel it comes down to is the motivation in young people to proactively seek out career paths.

I feel that it falls down to us as businesses to go out and stand in front of these young people and shout about the opportunities available to them.

Likewise, these education providers should be welcoming us in to speak to their students – to breathe some life into their ambitions.

Youth unemployment, although falling, currently stands at 740,000 for those aged 16-24; I personally want to try and make a dent in these figures by enticing young people into the workplace.

We’re registered with the REC Youth Employment Charter as well as working closely with all local colleges and training providers to promote work based learning and apprenticeship programmes.

We work hard to demonstrate to local young people that there are options available outside of formal education paths. Not only are qualifications on offer, but more importantly we offer training, skills and experiences that simply can’t be found in a classroom.

So – calling all young people of East Lancashire – get yourself clued up on some of the amazing local businesses that are in your midst.

We need you!

~ Helen Jackson, Head of Recruitment


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