Businesses being encouraged to help young people to get into work

Could you help a young person get on the first rung of the ladder into a career after leaving school or university?

That’s the question being asked of businesses across Suffolk in a bid to help guide and shape the next generation of the workforce by pledging to support young people into work.

As part of a campaign called “Taking the Youth Pledge” the initiative is being jointly supported by the county council and its partner authority in Norfolk.

Companies are being encouraged to offer a variety of measures to support the venture including a talk by a member of staff to school leavers, offering a site visit, taster day or online tour and offering work experience or set up an apprenticeship which could help to attract young people into a career.

Businesses need employees with the right skill set to develop and grow their organisation.

And young people need to understand what skills businesses want and what the world of work is like, for example, how they’re expected to behave in the workplace.

Shaping the next generation of workers is critical. Young people bring an unique energy and enthusiasm, as well as new and different skills that a company may not already have.

“Youth Pledge for Employers” began at the beginning of June and runs through to December 31, 2023, in a bid to help local businesses develop opportunities for young people aged 16 to 24.

The “Youth Pledge” gives businesses the chance to both support young people and develop their company.

The two councils have set up youth pledge business connectors who have links across Suffolk and Norfolk and will help businesses develop an opportunity for young people that fits in with the time the individual companies can give.

To take part in the campaign email youthpledgeforemployers@norfolk.gov.uk

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