Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in conjunction with Worcestershire County Council have launched a new call to action for Worcestershire and its businesses entitled, ‘Inspiring Worcestershire: Creating our Future Workforce’.
The campaign aims to reduce the county’s skills gap and raise awareness of the employment opportunities in Worcestershire. The campaign will do this by encouraging businesses to get involved with developing Worcestershire’s skilled workforce of the future through our educational establishments.
Worcestershire LEP recognise the need for a skilled workforce of tomorrow and the challenge is enabling young people to understand their skills and how they fit in the future Worcestershire economic picture. This campaign asks businesses to help educate and shape our young people to make positive careers choices for Worcestershire.
How to get involved
Businesses of all sizes in Worcestershire can get involved with ‘Creating our Future Workforce’ through a variety of ways. Commitment can be as little as one hour or one day a year, but this involvement could make the difference for a young person in choosing their industries and careers. For a business it could mean supporting the recruitment of their future senior leader.
Here’s some examples of how companies can get involved:
- Assembly talks to schools
- Supporting young people with mock interviews and CV workshops
- Attending Careers Fairs and the Worcestershire Skills Show
- Opening your doors to young people to see your work environment and the work you do
- Offering a young person, a work experience or internship opportunity in your business whilst they are studying
- Employing a young person into your business as an apprentice
- Become an Enterprise Adviser and support an educational establishment to facilitate meaningful careers activity for students
Why should businesses get involved?
The campaign has already received support from Worcestershire businesses in it’s initial year. By taking part businesses can help to inspire young people to consider a career in their industry or business, potentially recruit an intern or apprentice to fill recruitment opportunities, utilise an opportunity for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and be part of local and regional press & social media opportunities.
A great example of how businesses can support the campaign is to exhibit at Worcestershire’s largest careers event, the Worcestershire Skills Show. See what it’s all about in the video below.
Businesses who want to get involved in the campaign can complete the sign up form here.
For more information regarding career opportunities, work experience and careers events in Worcestershire, visit the Skills4Worcestershire website here.