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REC announces strategic partnership with the Education and Employers Taskforce

Youth Employment - REC announces strategic partnership with the Education and Employers Taskforce

The RECs Youth Employment Taskforce has raised the recruitment industrys voice on one of the major political challenges of our time. The taskforce report published earlier this year has provided a platform for building links with key organisations. As part of this work, the REC is delighted to announce a strategic partnership with charity, the Education and Employers Taskforce, which will provide opportunities for REC members to get involved in local level activities.

The Education and Employers Taskforces vision is to ensure that every school and college has an effective partnership with employers, so that young people are informed about the world of work and can make informed career choices. The aim of the strategic partnership with the REC is to facilitate the contribution of members who want to make a difference in this area.

The importance of practical initiatives that help build bridges into the world of work was one of the core themes of the REC's Youth Employment Taskforce.

Commenting on the significance of the strategic partnership, REC Chief Executive Kevin Green says:

We have always been clear that the final report of our Employment Taskforce was not an end in itself it was a catalyst for further debate and activities. Building links with organisations such as the Education and Employers Taskforce will ensure that our work on youth employment issues has some real legacy and will provide opportunities for recruiters to get involved at a local level.

Underlining the benefits and outcomes that the strategic partnership will deliver, Dr Anthony Mann, Director of Policy and Research at the Education & Employers' Taskforce, says:

Recruiters can make a real difference by helping to facilitate work experience schemes and by getting involved with schools. There are real synergies between our organisations. We are delighted to take forward a strategic partnership with the REC and to harness to expertise and energy of the UK recruitment industry.
On the back of the strategic partnership between the REC and the Education & Employers' Taskforce, specific areas of activity will include:

REC to promote the free one-stop-shop Employers Guide to members www.employers-guide.org as means of raising awareness of the benefits of partnership with schools and colleges and priority areas for activity.
Ensure that REC members with an interest in this area are provided with regular updates on a number of new programmes that are due to be launched and will make it easier than ever for employers and schools to work together.
Build a regular exchange on policy developments and latest trends and where appropriate agree common messages and recommendations to Government. As part of this, the Education & Employers' Taskforce will be involved in any future one-off meetings of the REC Youth Employment Taskforce
Raise awareness and recognition of the positive role that the recruitment industry can play and is already playing in helping the next generation of workers. Collating regular case studies and testimonials will form part of this.
Generate sectoral discussions on skills and youth employment issues through the RECs 21 Sector Groups. This will also form part of the RECs work to build strong links with employer bodies in different sectors around common themes such as youth employment
Working together to improve research base, potentially including questions in regular surveys to employers through the RECs monthly JobsOutlook.

The REC and the Education & Employers' Taskforce are currently finalising a joint document highlighting the benefits for recruiters of engagement across the national framework. More information on this and on how REC members can engage at a local level will be circulated in early 2011.

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