NCC were delighted to be invited to attend the Youth Employment UK (YEUK) Award ceremony at Chelsea Football Club and even more delighted to receive the Award for Youth Friendly SME 2014 sponsored by REED:NCFE which was presented by the Skills Minister, Nick Boles MP.
Tony Smith, NCC Managing Director was first introduced to Laura-Jane Rawlings, CEO of YEUK, approximately two years ago and was heartily impressed by her determination to support young people to achieve their aspirations. NCC immediately signed up to YEUK and has been a member ever since. NCC is a developer and publisher of adult educational learning resources (both paper based and online) which are supplied though a range of sources, including:
-Colleges of Further Education
-Health and Social Care organisations
-Individual learners using a home learning methodology.
The national Youth Friendly badge is a free award that is given to individuals and organisations who commit to two forms of “Youth Friendly” behaviour a year. NCC support young people through their engagement of providing work experience and the continued employment of apprentices in areas such as IT, Business Administration and Customer Service. NCC has employed twelve apprentices over recent years, all of which have been offered full time positions at NCC upon completion of their qualifications. NCC have one apprentice currently in training within their IT department and a new Marketing Apprentice will be employed early in the New Year to support development in this key area.
Nick Boles MP said “I am so pleased to be here today to celebrate all the people who go that extra mile to help young people move in to successful careers. For our long-term economic plan to work, it’s vital to build bridges between the world of work and education.”
“That’s why I’m calling employers across the country to follow the lead of those honoured today and take an active role on developing the workforce of the future.”
Tony Smith MD NCC said “To receive an Award from YEUK for our work with young people feels very special, effectively, we are not doing that much different to a great many employers who believe that the current youth talent pool needs an opportunity.”
“As businesses need to diversify, what better a place to look at than those young people who have excellent technology skills and are looking for a break to demonstrate what they can do.”