TO encourage employers to engage with young people, a new campaign has been launched that will benefit both young people and local businesses.
Give an Hour calls for SMEs to offer an hour of their time to help young people prepare for the fast-changing world of work.
The initiative by The Careers & Enterprise Company and part of SEMLEP's #GrowingTalent campaign, highlights that in as little as one hour organisations can help to transform a young person's future by bringing to life career opportunities and providing insight about the skills young people need to be work-ready and successful in the workplace.
Employers already engage with thousands of young people across the country, but more employers are needed to come forward to work with schools and colleges for every young person to get the support they need. Activities can include talks, opening doors for site visits, interview practice, mentoring or, working with a teacher to bring a lesson to life.
The Give an Hour campaign emphasises the importance of tapping into the career opportunities, skills and knowledge of small businesses. With 16.3 million people working in an SME, representing 60 per cent of all private sector employment in the UK, these businesses are key to ensuring young people understand the opportunities available to them and the expectations and needs of employers.
Employers of all shapes and sizes are encouraged to visit www.semlep.com/growing-talent/ to find out more and register to support a school or college in their area.