The media is full of statistics about young people being unemployed. Statistics are important and give the picture.
Do we stop to think about the young people behind the statistics? Young Gloucestershire work with young people who are NEET from across the county of Gloucestershire, while it is true some young people don’t want to work and don’t see the point in it. There are a high percentage of young people who really want a job, yet don’t have the skills, knowledge, experience or qualifications to make this happen.
Consider if you were a young person with limited qualifications and confidence, spending everyday searching for jobs, filling in application forms, handing your CV into employers and constantly being told no or even worse getting no response. How long would it take before you stopped applying? Could you take that rejection month in month out? I know I couldn’t.
What comes first the chicken or the egg? Well how do you get a job without experience and how do you get experience without a job? I am pleased to say there are many companies across Gloucestershire that are willing to help solve this question: Offering work placement opportunities with potential jobs at the end for young people who prove their worth. Are businesses doing enough to help young people in their chicken and egg situation? Or could your business do more?