Getting young people ready for the world of work

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Youth unemployment is one of the big issues facing our society.

How do we get young people ready for the world of work and give them what is needed to make a good impression if they get an interview for a vacancy?

Because it’s not just about the practical ability for the job in question.

Equally as important is learning how to present oneself.

You can bet an employer will take that into consideration when deciding who gets a position and who doesn’t.

With so much competition for jobs out there among 16 to 24-year-olds, the ones who don’t prepare properly will not get far.

But how do they find out what is required of them?

That’s why a scheme called Feeding Britain’s Future is such a good idea.

This national scheme aims to tackle youth unemployment by providing free job skills workshops in conjunction with the Job Centre.

Across the country the scheme, led by research charity IGD, will see more than 3,000 young unemployed people attend 270 workshops in over 80 locations.

Today we report how one of these workshops was hosted by the Co-op in Portchester.

Employment minister and Fareham MP Mark Hoban went along to show his support for the scheme and is right to call for more companies to do their bit to help make a difference.

The idea is simple but effective. The young unemployed are given the inside track when it comes to applying for jobs in a very competitive market.

They learn what companies are looking for and how to maximise their chances, from compiling CVs that stand out to techniques to use at interviews.

As 21-year-old Steve Beech said of the workshop: ‘It’s been brilliant. It has given me an insight and a foot in the door.’

We urge more companies to get on board and be part of Feeding Britain’s Future.

Don’t forget, they are the ones who stand to benefit from job applicants who have a much better idea of what is required of them.