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News: Work expe­ri­ence – a key com­po­nent to eco­nom­ic recovery

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Shield­ing young peo­ple from the eco­nom­ic scar­ring of the Covid-19 pan­dem­ic is going to be a real test for soci­ety but pos­si­bly one of the most impor­tant efforts of gov­ern­ment pol­i­cy in the com­ing years. How­ev­er, there is a role for busi­ness­es too.

Our young peo­ple have suf­fered bad­ly since the reces­sion of 2008 with unat­tain­able hous­ing, uni­ver­si­ty tuition fee increas­es and an increas­ing­ly com­pet­i­tive job mar­ket. A reces­sion sparked by this pan­dem­ic is like­ly to impact them even more.

Whilst in some cas­es we’re start­ing to see some bounce back, the extend­ed halt in oper­a­tions for much of the hos­pi­tal­i­ty, retail and leisure econ­o­my since March has had a neg­a­tive impact on young peo­ple. Many, still in edu­ca­tion, saw their part-time and week­end work dry up. In April, 141,640 young peo­ple aged 16 to 24 start­ed claims for unem­ploy­ment ben­e­fit (jobseeker’s allowance). This num­ber could again increase as the fur­lough scheme comes to and end and more and more young peo­ple will need to com­pete for few­er jobs.

The Government’s recent announce­ment of its new kick­starter ini­tia­tive, which sees increased grants and incen­tives for busi­ness­es who com­mit to tak­ing on appren­tices, is of course an impor­tant com­po­nent of ensur­ing young peo­ple can play their part in our eco­nom­ic recov­ery. How­ev­er it is not the only option.

Busi­ness­es have a key role to play in help­ing young peo­ple not just with employ­a­bil­i­ty but with their well­be­ing too. At Not­ting­ham Col­lege we believe in the val­ue of work expe­ri­ence for young peo­ple. Not­ting­ham College’s Work Expe­ri­ence Team aims to place as many of our stu­dents as pos­si­ble into mean­ing­ful and valu­able work expe­ri­ences. Place­ments can range from one-off days to three-month place­ments (sec­tor depen­dent) and we work with busi­ness­es and young peo­ple to pre­pare both for the place­ment. Work Place­ments can help young peo­ple become aware of careers they have not pre­vi­ous­ly con­sid­ered, enable them to devel­op rel­e­vant occu­pa­tion­al skills and help instil the atti­tudes and behav­iours expect­ed at work. Impor­tant­ly they can sup­port men­tal well­be­ing and pro­vide increased val­ue and pur­pose to their studies.

This is a real test­ing time for many employ­ers – the pan­dem­ic hav­ing impact­ed recruit­ment and reten­tion of your own staff as well as your bot­tom line. Work place­ments are invest­ments. They are invest­ments of time of course and pos­si­bly resource, as we know that young peo­ple will need sup­port and guid­ance dur­ing their time with you. How­ev­er we must also see them as invest­ments in our col­lec­tive eco­nom­ic future. A skilled and adapt­ed young work­force will have a pos­i­tive influ­ence on our eco­nom­ic recov­ery post Covid and our team of work place­ment offi­cers here at Not­ting­ham Col­lege are on hand to work with you to reap the short and long term benefits. 

If you think you could take on a young per­son for a work place­ment we’d love to hear from you. We are in par­tic­u­lar need of employ­ers who can offer work place­ments in the fol­low­ing areas:

  • Con­struc­tion
  • Engi­neer­ing
  • Sci­ence
  • Sport
  • Hair and Beauty 
  • Cre­ative industries

Whilst we have paused work place­ments at the moment, we would love to use this time to work with you, find you the right can­di­dates and help you to devel­op a port­fo­lio of work that will enable a young per­son to devel­op their skills and derive val­ue for both you and them.

We expect to be rolling out place­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties this Sep­tem­ber and we would wel­come your sup­port in offer­ing our young peo­ple the chance to prove them­selves in a work setting.

If work place­ments aren’t some­thing you can offer, we’d love for you to con­sid­er offer­ing some oth­er form of train­ing and devel­op­ment for young peo­ple. Per­haps you can devise a project or live brief for a class or course area. Or per­haps you could par­tic­i­pate in the design and deliv­ery of ele­ments of our cur­ricu­lum to make sure we are teach­ing the skills that you need now, and in the future. We’d love to talk to you about a whole range of ways you could get involved in improv­ing the prospects of our future young job seek­ers. A pledge from you now would go a long way!

Please con­tact our busi­ness engage­ment team on 0115 945 7270 or email business@​nottinghamcollege.​ac.​uk.

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  • 3rd August 2020 (11:41 AM)
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