Investing in young people develops highly skilled, qualified, committed and loyal employees, it helps with productivity, morale and employee retention. Young people are the lifeblood of a business.
Business engagement begins in early education and is woven throughout in different forms. Whether inspiring primary 3’s to think about Science by leading an activity to build and launch elastic band boats or co-designing a vocational course linked to a growth sector for pupils in secondary schools, engagement in education adds value and has benefits for all involved.
It makes business sense to invest in shaping youth talent then benefit from this by offering young people the opportunity to work with you. Whether recruiting young people through Modern Apprenticeships, Internships or jobs, offering opportunities to young people has lasting benefits for them and your business.
Recruiting a young person can help with developing a strategic and long-term approach to skills and workforce investment that makes good business sense.
You can choose who you want and nurture them into your organisation's culture, helping generate a talent pipeline into your business. Skills gaps are prevented and progressions from within means savings on future recruitment costs.
Creating opportunities for apprenticeships helps create a positive business image, increases brand awareness and gives exposure of your business to young people.
It demonstrates a clear commitment to your corporate and social responsibility whilst also contributing to any community benefit requirements of contract delivery (if applicable).
It's an opportunity to be a mentor, role model, critical friend and advisor to an employee while training, coaching and developing their leadership skills. You will also gain practical experience of how to manage and coach a young person.
You can access relevant funding that will help support initial training and salary costs.
A young person is still in 'learning mode' and can pick up skills quickly while learning with enthusiasm.
You can receive ongoing expert support and assistance during the young person's transition from education to employment - including young people who may have had specific barriers to sustainable employment.
If you have any questions or would like more information about how you can get involved in DYW please get in touch.