Employers pledge to help young people in Worcestershire prepare for world of work

Hewett Recruitment, ludlowthompson, Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd, Southco, The Community Housing Group and Worcester Bosch have signed up to help young people in the Worcestershire Hub prepare for the fast-changing world of work.

The businesses have partnered with The Careers & Enterprise Company and the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to become a ‘Cornerstone Employer’ in the Worcestershire Careers Hub. They will invest time and resources to support local schools and colleges with their careers education and with inspiring young people.

Research shows that young people who have regular, meaningful interactions with employers while at school are less likely to be NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) when they leave.

Hewett Recruitment, ludlowthompson, Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd, Southco, The Community Housing Group and Worcester Bosch will work closely with The Careers & Enterprise Company and the Worcestershire LEP who also deliver the Enterprise Adviser Network (a network of volunteers from the world of business who are each matched to a local school to support their careers activity).

Together they will ensure that all young people across the region have access to regular, meaningful engagement with employers reflecting the priority sectors in the Worcestershire Hub and gain the vital work experience they need to help them make informed choices about their futures.

Cornerstone Employers act as champions to encourage new businesses in the area to get involved in supporting schools and colleges, as well as encouraging their own staff to become volunteer ‘Enterprise Advisers’.

Ben Mannion, Chair of the Future Skills Board and Director at Hewett Recruitment said: “Hewett Recruitment was built on a foundation of always giving something back, whilst we also acknowledge the importance of the business community supporting and encouraging the development of skills to support the future success of Worcestershire. As Chair of the Future Skills Board, I was involved in helping secure Career Hub status for Worcestershire, which we see as a real game changer in terms of careers guidance and support across the county.”

Su Colledge at ludlowthompson said: “We have been keen to develop strong relationships with young people in the local community, ensuring opportunities are available for young people to experience working life, first hand and gain an insight into every day pace in a working environment.  We believe this is critical and are keen to play a strong role in their decision making as they choose their future career path”.

Carl Arntzen, CEO at Worcester Bosch said: “We are fully committed to encouraging and mentoring young people to reach their full potential and are active with an apprentice programme and internship opportunities for students within education. This scheme is particularly exciting as it enables us to share our knowledge and experiences with younger students giving them insight into the world of work and helping them to focus their education choices based on their career aspirations.

Su Harding, Vice President, HRD at Southco said: “A strong component of Southco’s culture is people development and we are committed to nurturing the next generation before they come into the workplace. As a strong ambassador for career development within the region we create a wide range of opportunities and activities for local students. This includes delivering a number of STEM related sessions with local schools and colleges in the Worcestershire area to promote the different career options for pupils as they look to pursue their career choices. Southco is proud to become a Cornerstone Employer to continue to contribute in the local community and to inspire and develop the talent that is vital for our future growth.”

Claudia Harris, CEO at The Careers & Enterprise Company, said: “We are delighted to have these six employers committing to helping schools and colleges in the Worcestershire Hub. All young people deserve great careers education, to inspire them, support their aspirations and prepare them for the fast-changing world of work. Employers need to be at heart of that, so young people can learn first-hand about the careers and industries that are open to them. We are very grateful to all the employers for their ongoing support and commitment to helping the young people in the area prepare for their future careers.”

If you would like to find out more about becoming a Cornerstone Employer, contact the Careers Hub team by emailing cec@worcestershire.gov.uk