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A new interactive CV portal called at matchmaking young job seekers with employers, has been launched.  The system has been developed by Profilezone, which is run by a group of recruitment and FE specialists, and enables employers to link up with suitably qualified students who are currently at college or who have recently completed a course.

Unlike a job board where candidates can only display a CV, on  students have the ability to build a three-dimensional profile that provides the potential employer with more information upon which to make a decision and gives students the opportunity to differentiate themselves. By involving the college in the process it enables greater support levels and tracking of individual student activity during the job application process.

The site is hosted in a top-level security rated data centre with full disaster recovery to ensure the integrity of the data held is never compromised. The portal can be linked via a College’s own web pages and will offer secure password protected access to CV’s and skills profiles of students and learners. These profiles are categorised according to particular sector qualification or skill and can be enhanced using either SIC or SOC Codes for easy classification and search.

Pre-vetted employers will log into the portal using their designated user name and password. Once authenticated, they can then use an intuitive search engine (using job titles, key skills, qualification criteria and free text search) to identify suitable students for forthcoming apprenticeships or positions. For example, an employer in the Financial Services Sector may be looking for an 18 year old Apprentice with an AS/A2 Level in Business Studies and at least 5 GCE’s including English and Maths. The search engine will present available Students that meet each and every specific qualification criteria.

In addition, employers can use further & lsquo;search’ criteria to filter applications down to more manageable numbers – these may include preferred work location, availability, skills and qualities or, if required, personal interests.

The system has been piloted at Barnet and Southgate College who have been instrumental in providing feedback in the development of the system.  Barnet and Southgate College Principle, David Byrne said,

"Profilezone is the mechanism we will be using to help our learners differentiate themselves in the competitive employment market. The innovative use of technology and the harnessing of media such as video means they can now (for the first time ever) build a three-dimensional profile that makes them really stand out amongst other job seekers.  Barnet and Southgate College  supports the capability of the system with targeted training for those learners that most need it - the ability to flag up unsuccessful applications and 'trends' around applications for defined student communities (or individuals) means we can better offer assistance exactly where it is most needed.

Barnet and Southgate college can now truly operate as a recruitment agency for its learners and provide the service our employer base requires from us.  We can now provide the link between employer needs and student ability - thereby making our employers more aware of the calibre of our students and by making students more aware of real job vacancies.  We are now more than ever judged by the quality of our learners and the delivery of students that are trained in real job skills.  We are judged (and rewarded) by the number of students we get into gainful employment. Profilezone enables to address the needs of our employers more effectively by matching key requirements to students possessing those actual skills."

Anthony Wallbank, Director of Profilezone added,

“Youth unemployment is a massive issue at the moment and the Government is looking to address this with a number of initiatives including funding apprenticeships.  But to the heart of the youth employment issue by giving a serious platform for young people to showcase their talents and achievements in an easy-to-access system for employers.”

David Burrowes, MP for Enfield, Southgate, who came to Barnet and Southgate College to attend a formal launch  of ,

“These are difficult times for 18-25 year olds as the figures announced this week illustrate, and we need to look at new and innovative ways to match-make candidates with jobs.  In this age of social networking, Profilezone is a natural step forward in the modernisation of the job application process.  Southgate College is very innovative in its approach and I would like to commend them and Profilezone for developing this ground breaking system which will set the marker for the future of youth employment.”


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