Engaging with young people and adults has many benefits to your workforce. It allows you to break down perceptions and offers a look into your industry. It also shows the roles you have on offer.
We can help you to find the way that's best suited to you and your business.
An apprenticeship is a real job with training. It allows students to earn while they study to gain a qualification. They can be done by anyone aged 16 to 65.
Apprenticeships take between one and five years to complete. They cover 1500 job roles in a wide range of industries. They allow the person to study for a work-based qualification that can improve their future earning power and career enjoyment. They also provide benefits for employers.
- They're are a great way to build your talent pipeline. They also help to develop your existing staff whilst bringing new talent into your business.
- Apprentices can be trained in your specific needs. 92% of employers who take on apprentices say that they've led to a more motivated and satisfied workforce. 83% say that they now rely on apprenticeship programmes to provide skilled workers of the future.
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Employability workshops can include:
- CV support
- support with applications
- mock interviews and confidence building
- It gives residents an look into what employers are looking for.
- It shows the importance of having a good CV.
- It helps employers find out about what motivates young people.
You can speak to groups about the range of careers in your company, the sector, and the routes into these. This includes at careers fairs and other events.
Visit The Careers and Enterprise Company to learn more about the types of careers talks you can give. You can also read about how to plan a session that impacts the students.
In-school experiences vary for each employer, with unique benefits to your partnership with the school. Many of our business partners tell us the talks have been a cost-effective way to:
- get to know the next generation of potential employees
- get their message out to an audience
- bed-in the company with the local community
- fulfil their social responsibility, which can be used on their social media platform
- increase staff morale and wellbeing
An enterprise adviser is a volunteer from a business who works closely with a school or college to give support.
You'll use your experience and networks to help develop a strategy to put opportunities with local employers at the heart of a young person's education.
Mentoring in schools, colleges or at community groups can help give young people and adults advice and help them to achieve their goals.
Promoting workplace wellbeing
These placements are usually extended internships. They're a period of industry experience that supports the student’s degree. A placement is usually one year long but can be anything from six months.
- Recruiting a student enables you to tap into a new pool of talent. This can make a real impact on your business and improve performance.
- Students bring enthusiasm, fresh ideas, up-to-date knowledge and research capabilities to your business.
- Students can also provide a cost-effective solution to short-term recruitment needs. They can also take on one-off projects that other staff may not have the time to do.
A supported internship is a programme of study for a young person aged 16 to 24 with learning difficulties or disabilities. They offer support for those who want to work but need some help to move into paid employment.
They combine unpaid work with an employer and time in college to gain skills. These skills could include maths, English, ICT, health and safety, and job search skills. The job is adapted to meet the skills and abilities of the person. It also fulfils a genuine business need for the employer.
Find out more about Barnsley's supported internship programme.
Work experience and placements
Work experience gives a young person or adult a taste of the world of work. This can vary in length depending on the employer. It's typically a day a week, usually for some months, where the person delivers a project with your company. It usually compliments a course they're studying for.
The type of work that's expected varies for each workplace and the type of placement. They usually involve 'shadowing' an existing member of staff - helping with their day-to-day duties.
How does a placement work?
For successful work placements, employers should be flexible with the time and length. Different young people will need various levels of support. Employers should also offer feedback at the end of the placement. This can give the student something to work on.
There's a range of support resources available to help you as an employer offer a meaningful opportunity.