Teacher talking to a group of students at a table in a classroom. Image supplied by SEMLEP

Campaign encourages employers to engage with young people

Give an Hour calls for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) to offer their time to help young people to prepare for the fast-changing world of work.

The initiative is by The Careers & Enterprise Company and is part of SEMLEP’s #GrowingTalent campaign.

The campaign highlights that one hour can provide insight into the skills young people need to be work-ready and successful in the workplace.

Paul Thompson, Employer and Skills Manager for SEMLEP, said:

“Many of the larger businesses are very proactive in engaging with education but we need more SMEs to become involved to ensure that the young people are aware of and develop the core competencies, attitudes and behaviours needed by the 99% of local businesses represented by SMEs.”

Activities can include talks, opening doors for site visits, interview practice, mentoring or, working with a teacher to bring a lesson to life.

Claudia Harris, Chief Executive of The Careers & Enterprise Company, said:

“There are many ways to make a difference to a young person’s future – and with as little as one hour these dynamic small firms can help a young person discover more about the world of work and open up career paths they didn’t even know existed.”

Employers of all shapes and sizes are encouraged to visit Growing Talent to find out more and to register to support a school or college in their area.