We reported back in September that NCC had been recognised with a bronze award from Youth Employment UK (YEUK). Through hard work and a continuing dedication to supporting young people in the workplace, NCC have claimed top prize with a YEUK Gold Award.
The gold badge is awarded on analysis of a number of deciding factors which include:
- Committing to at least two “youth friendly” activities per year
- Ensuring youth engagement is part of your local social investment
- Having a positive youth recruitment policy in which talent is recognised alongside qualifications
- Young staff are supported with their personal and professional development
- Consulting younger staff on youth policy, training and development
Managing Director of NCC Home Learning, Tony Smith, shares a belief with Youth Employment UK, that young people have talent in abundance. The future of our industries rests on the shoulders of a generation that are losing faith in the UK job market at a worryingly early age. Over recent months there has been a prominent focus on the worrying amount of young people not currently in training or employment. Many politicians are voicing their fears over the possibility of a “lost generation” who will be so lacking in employability skills, their ability to gain secure employment will be hindered.
Figures recently revealed the UK is currently experience the worst period of youth unemployment for 20 years. The Prince’s Trust have warned that young people need help getting into work to avoid a long term youth jobs crisis. Youth unemployment has quadrupled over the past ten years and there is a desperate need for all organisations to adopt the policies put forward by YEUK.
We will continue working towards a youth friendly policy and would encourage all business to engage this strategy. For more info on YEUK you can click here.