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WORKING WITH OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY TO BRING BUSINESS AND EDUCATION TOGETHER AND HELP CLOSE THE INCREASING YOUTH SKILLS GAP

#wirralsfuturetogether #skillsgap #supportlocalcommunity #workingwithouryouth #ysd2020

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During last year’s World Youth Skills Day, and as part of our ongoing Investors in Diversity journey, we worked on a project where we carried out research with local employers into how Scantec can help reduce the skills gap for future generations.

We didn’t want to make a plan without first understanding what would be most useful, so we surveyed clients to determine what challenges organisations face when it comes to employing young people straight out of education, the results of which can be seen here:

https://www.scantec.co.uk/blog/2019/08/how-can-we-support-the-next-generation-of-stem-workers

The survey clearly showed that employers faced challenges when recruiting due to the fact that many young people had only basic communication skills and little or no work experience.

As a result of the survey, Employers suggested useful ways for us to help such as:

  • Provide careers advice to young people to give them more information about their options
  • Give young people an insight into what the workplace outside school will be like
  • Support education with skills training to help young people understand how to apply their knowledge

As a recruitment company we understand workforce expectations in various industries both locally and country wide, and we were delighted to be given the opportunity to share this knowledge in order to create awareness of the variety of career options available to young people in our community.

So, what are we going to do?

Scantec is now the official Enterprise Advisor for St Mary’s Catholic College in Wallasey.  This means we will work strategically with St Mary’s into 2020/2021 to create a careers programme including activities for all ages, helping inspire young people to explore their career options.

We will support St Mary’s pupils in achieving the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks (below), required by the Curriculum from an employer’s perspective to ensure that activities are not only useful for the students in order to inspire them, but to also create awareness about real work life and the career options available to young people locally and country wide.

Gatsby Benchmarks:

  • A stable careers programme
  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Linking Curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces
  • Encounters with further and higher education
  • Personal guidance

We are also working with Wirral Chambers, who run a number of initiatives in our area bringing businesses and education closer together to give school leavers realistic views about what they can do and how they get there – Making the world of work not so scary!

Watch this space to see what we get up to next!

If you are a company that wants to get involved in offering any support to our local schools, please get in touch with Steph Woolley on LinkedIn, 0151 666 8914 or via email at stephw@scantec.co.uk  

Our schools are crying out to have more exposure to real work environments and to speak directly to local employers, so let’s work together to make it happen.

#wirralsfuturetogether #skillsgap #supportlocalcommunity #workingwithouryouth #ysd2020