Omega Resource Group leads the assault on youth unemployment
Recruitment and training specialist Omega Resource Group plc is leading the charge on youth unemployment, having been named as one of three key partners of the governments innovative Backing Young Britain provision.
Launched in January 2010, the national initiative seeks to provide 5,000 work experience placements (up to 2 weeks) and 20,000 internships (up to 13 weeks) to 18-24 year olds across the UK who have not been to university and are struggling to find work.
Omega will be running the provision in the South West, South Wales and Midlands, charged with securing over 1,000 positions across the regions working alongside contractor Reed in Partnership.
Robert Dove, the divisional director of Omega Resource Group plc who is running the Backing Young Britain contract, said: This is a truly innovative scheme by the government to give young people a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable experience that they might not otherwise have had, and fight the notion that we have a generation of youths who do not, and do not want to, work.
Throughout March, Omega has launched Backing Young Britain with a series of dedicated seminars across the regions, with venues including Stroud, Bristol, Birmingham, Exeter, Bournemouth, Gloucester and Yeovil, to educate local businesses on the mutual benefits of the provision.
Dove said: We are trying to reverse the trend towards young worklessness that we have seen developing during the recession the lost generation of British young people.
We hope that securing internships for people who have been unable to gain qualifications, he said, will turn around this toxic perception of the workless youth and give young people vital experience that will springboard them into a rewarding career, he said.
The Backing Young Britain programme is available to any non-graduate between the age of 18-24 who has been seeking work for 6 months or more.
Potential candidates are encouraged to sign up to Omegas dedicated online web portal www.omegaresource.co.uk/byb where they will be able to search a central database for roles relevant to their career of choice.
This scheme works well because it encourages a mutually beneficial relationship between intern and employer, explained Dove. All of the roles on our database are worthwhile candidates will never sign up to a placement and end up making tea and coffee all day.
Conversely, employers must meet with the young person once a week to review their progress and make sure that they are doing the job well. They can, of course, then contact Omega to offer the intern paid employment at any time during or after the internship.