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Channel 4 Chairman stresses benefits of temporary work

Channel 4 Chairman stresses benefits of temporary work

The current focus on the huge problem of youth unemployment has highlighted the value of temporary work as a means of providing vital first steps into the world of work.

In this week's FT, an article by Channel 4 Chairman Luke Johnston made specific reference to the importance of complementing academic studies with practical work experience.

Luke Johnston is a confirmed keynote speaker at the REC's Annual Convention in London on November 24. Writing in Wednesday's FT, the Channel 4 Chairman argued that: "The part-time and temporary jobs I had while growing up were a vital part of my education. They helped to teach me the importance of a work ethic, independence, and just how tough many real workplaces are.

Providing an industry perspective on the current employment debate, REC Chief Executive Kevin Green says

"There are huge challenges facing the next generation of job-seekers and it is crucial that employers and recruiters are at the forefront of this debate. At the same time we must continue to encourage the kind of entrepreneurial spirit which ultimately results in innovation and job creation. This will be one of the themes of the REC Convention in November and we are delighted that Luke Johnston has agreed to provide one of the keynote speeches."

The convention entitled Future of Employment: Recruitment 2020 has been specifically designed to bring together hundreds of recruitment and employment professionals from within and also outside the REC in order to debate, discuss and learn about all the major issues affecting the industry.

The REC has now confirmed that Pat McFadden MP, Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills will also be a keynote speaker along with business strategist Prof. Richard Scase, author of Global Remix, both of whom will be looking at global economic trends, entrepreneurship and the recruitment business as a whole.

One of the other main highlights of the Convention being held on Thursday November 26 at the Honourable Artillery Company in central London will be the launch of the RECs Future of Employment Working Groups (FEWG) White Paper.


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