BUSINESS leaders in Portsmouth are being asked to go back to the classroom to help raise the standard of recruits coming out of the city’s schools.
Young Enterprise, a charity which looks to boost youth employment, says Portsmouth has one of the highest figures for young people out of work in the UK.
It has launched its Save a Lost Generation campaign to ask firms to donate time, money or expertise to give young people the practical skills and knowledge they need to take or make a job and help reduce the one million 16 to 24-year-olds out of work in the UK.
Chris Bullock, 29, from Southsea, went through Young Enterprise Company Programme, which helps students run real businesses for a year.
He won several awards for his stationery business, including the Young Achiever of the Year.
Chris, who is now a management accountant for Scottish and Southern Energy, has joined the Young Enterprise judging panel to inspire young people to take part.
He said: ‘In my working life today I’m constantly using that background in networking and leadership that Young Enterprise gave me.
‘I’ve nothing but praise for the organisation, particularly at a time of high unemployment, and would recommend anyone to take part to help as a spring board to bigger and better things.’
Every year, Young Enterprise helps 227,000 people from all backgrounds learn about business and the world of work in the classroom, helped by volunteers from around 3,500 companies nationwide.
Tina Braithwaite, the Young Enterprise regional manager for Portsmouth, said: ‘We have many caring and socially aware employers here.
‘They are concerned, however, that many potential young recruits are leaving school with good grades but without the softer employability skills that would make them suitable to take on.’
To find out more, including how to take part, see savealostgeneration.com