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RSG Youth Unemployment Initiative Changes Life

RSG Youth Unemployment Initiative Changes Life

•         A six-month youth unemployment initiative, spearheaded by Resource Solutions Group (RSG), concludes this Monday (25 March)

•          Plans to roll the initiative out across UK

•         The most outstanding student will be announced at the finals and will receive BPP &pound18,000 scholarship

•         Participants produce designs for a ground-breaking web portal that, when taken to market, will connect businesses with state school students

•         Finals to be attended by over 250 people including Bristol’s first Mayor, George Ferguson

A six month long youth unemployment initiative, led by recruitment organisation, Resource Solutions Group (RSG) concludes next week (Monday 25 March), with the overall winner receiving a life-changing &pound18,000 BPP scholarship.

The RSG Bristol Young Student of the Year Awards is a vehicle designed to up-skill students and connect them with businesses to tackle the rising rates of youth unemployment in the UK.

The competition was open to 16-19 year olds and was free to enter for all state schools, colleges and academies in the Bristol region. Originally launched as a pilot scheme for Bristol, the plans are to roll the competition out regionally across the UK.

With youth unemployment figures on the rise once again, many employers are stating that young people today are lacking business sense and basic employability skills.

Throughout the competition, participating students have benefited from marketing master-classes, presentation master-classes and dress to impress sessions, since it started in October 2012.

Participants last week presented their final ideas for a ground-breaking portal, which will give students access to real apprenticeship, work experience and job opportunities, in a bid to win the coveted title.

The innovative portal will also act as a platform for businesses to sift through the profiles of potential young jobs seekers and is envisaged to be the next “linkedin” for students.

Teams of between two and four, from state schools, colleges and academies across the Bristol region, presented their final ideas to a panel of high-profile business professionals as part of the final stage of the competition this month.

Aside from announcing the overall best portal design, the lavish finals ceremony, which is being held in the Bristol Fashion Week Pavilion at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway, will also see students winning titles for Best Presentation, Best Overall Team Performance, Best Project Manager, Most Innovative Student, Most Improved Student and Best Overall Student.

The winner of Best Overall Student will win a life-changing &pound18,000 BPP scholarship (for a degree or apprenticeship) to study Law, Accountacny or Business.

Mike Beesely, CEO of RSG commented: “We are extremely excited about the finals this year. The competition has grown from strength to strength every week and will soon be ready to be rolled out regionally across the UK.”

He added: “As an organisation, youth unemployment is something we feel extremely strongly about. Whilst there is a lot of conversation around the future of school leavers, those who may not get into university are being forgotten.

“It is not the education system’s job to make their students & lsquo;work-place’ savvy, but as the head of a national recruitment organisation I see every day the significant lack of commercial awareness there is in young people and it causes me a great deal of concern about the future of our economy and for young people’s aspirations in general.

Elaine Brown, competition founder and project director commented:  “The finals are going to be very exciting and will showcase some of the amazing achievements so far. The judges are currently deliberating which teams and individuals deserve the titles and it is proving a very difficult decision.

She added: “The overall aim of this competition is to instil a sense of confidence in the students and break down the barriers that exist between schools and businesses. No more than ever before, people are realising that university is not the only route to success and the results of the competition demonstrate this.”

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