Jobs to remain elusive in Scunthorpe and district for 2013
JOB hunters in North Lincolnshire have received bad news after new figures showed youth unemployment in Britain will again exceed a million in 2013.
According to predictions by the Institute for Public Policy Research, up to 86,000 additional young people under 25 are likely to swell the ranks of those already unemployed during the course of the year.
Experts agree that one main reason for this is the reluctance of small and medium-sized businesses to hire school leavers because they simply do not believe they are ready for work. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has just released a report confirming this. It shows 77% of small business owners surveyed believe school leavers' business awareness is poor, and 81% are 'not very' or 'not at all confident' that students leaving school at 16 have the right level of employability skills.
A new initiative, about to be launched by the Financial Skills Partnership (FSP,) promises help by deploying new technology to reach out to school and college students across the UK.
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The GetInGetOn programme aims to arm 16-19 year olds with the necessary skills and knowledge to break into the financial and professional services sectors. Young people taking part in the programme, which starts on April 1, will undertake online immersive learning modules, delivered through an interactive platform, at the same time as having access to industry professionals with whom they can have e-conversations about careers and working in the sector.
Liz Field, chief executive offiver for Financial Skills Partnership, said: "We are rolling out this important new scheme with this first of two six-month pilot projects offering virtual placements which will each last for one calendar month. First, participants from sector companies will be able to develop their coaching and mentoring skills and receive online training on how to be good e-mentors.
"Bright and ambitious students will then be able to gain real learning about the sector, presented in eight thirty-minute-long modules developed in consultation with employers and teachers which will convey an understanding of topics such as how do financial services work, risk and rewards, and good customer service. Their e-mentor will be on hand on the e-learning platform to guide them through the learning process and answer their additional questions."