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REC Youth Employment Charter: Firebird Training leading fight against Youth Unemployment.

REC Youth Employment Charter:  Firebird Training leading fight against Youth Unemployment.

With youth unemployment hitting the one million mark, the REC has again highlighted the crucial role that recruiters play in helping young people into work. 

Through the Youth Employment Charter, which builds upon the recommendations set up in the REC Youth Employment Taskforce, the REC is encouraging agencies to work with charities like the Princes Trust to offer apprenticeships, work experience and careers advice to young people.  As part of the work of the Charter, the REC will be highlighting the great work that recruiters are already doing throughout the country.

One such example of this is Firebird Training who have developed a division of their company to run programmes in schools to help young people to find employment once they leave education. They have also launched a new brand which helps parents and their teenagers to develop the skills required for the jobs market before they leave education.

Commenting on this, Alison Mannell from Firebird Training said

“We are really passionate about inspiring the lives of young people so they can gain employment. Having worked with 100’s of teenagers over the last 6 years I have seen their pain of being unemployed and how this destroys confidence, self-belief and their motivation to want to try. Young people struggle with making the transition from a directive learning style at school to having to make independent decisions in the workplace. We are so dedicated to reversing this that I qualified as a youth personal development coach a couple of years ago to enhance what our company could give to help youngsters compete in the job market.

 “It is critically important that we work to re-engage teenagers, instil confidence and reinforce self-belief in order to find them a job.  The Recruitment industry has a big role to play in tackling youth unemployment our mission is to positively affect the lives of 100,000 young people by the end of 2014, what is yours?”

Ed McRandal, the REC policy advisor with responsibility for the Youth Employment Charter added

“It is important that the Recruitment Industry gets involved in the fight against youth unemployment.  With recent gloomy job figures, it is important that we highlight good practice within the industry to demonstrate the positive role that Recruiters continue to play.

“As employment experts, recruiters are uniquely placed to offer advice, guidance and training to young jobseekers to help them access the world of work.  The REC will continue, via our youth employment charter, to encourage agencies to work with young people whilst highlighting the great work that the industry already does.”


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