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Opportunity for employers to support young futures with new Talent Pledge

Are you an employer in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough? Could you volunteer time to support, inspire and educate young people in their future careers?

Are you an employer in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough? Could you volunteer time to support, inspire and educate young people in their future careers?

On 7th March, as part of National Careers Week 2022, Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Dr Nik Johnson launched a new talent pledge. The pledge and charter encourages employers to pledge support to young people by offering a range of opportunities to gain experiences of the workplace and inspire their future careers.

Boosting skills levels and job prospects

One of the impacts of Covid-19 has been significant disruption to education and limited access to experiences of work. Being informed of career opportunities at a young age forms an important part of careers education which boosts skills levels and job prospects and helps to reduce the numbers of young people not in employment, education or training (NEET).

In addition to this, creating opportunities for work experience builds the pipeline of skilled, motivated young people needed for businesses to thrive.

60% of apprentices that join Morgan Sindall Construction in the East of England have been engaged via our educational engagement programme and 70% of those apprentices have completed work experience with us, prior to joining.

 

This engagement is changing the diversity of our apprentices, 50% of apprentices that joined us in 2021 were women, compared to 13% in the industry.

 

It is vital for us to engage with students whilst they are in education to create a diverse talent pipeline for the industry’s future.”

 

Helen Clements Social Value Manager Morgan Sindall Construction

Opportunities for support

Through talent pledge, employers can support skills and careers education in young people in a number of ways including:

  • Work experience placements
  • Work placements for students on work related courses
  • Virtual work experience
  • Internships
  • Mentoring
  • Webinars for schools
  • Support for careers events

Employers can also sign up to Cornerstone Employer status, which involves more direct working within schools with the Careers Enterprise Company, to provide support for careers education and skills and job opportunities in the region.

Talent Pledge will be endorsed and supported by Mayor Dr Nik Johnson and employers will be able to display a badge, similar to Investors in People.

Mayor of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Dr Nik Johnson said:

“Covid-19 has been unprecedented in how it has disrupted the education of our young people and opportunities for work experience have also suffered. A compassionate recovery from Covid-19 includes helping restore and improve opportunities for young people to experience the workplace and find out about pathways to great careers.

“The Talent Pledge will help to do just that, and for it to be successful, we need to work closely with supportive employers and match the right young person with the right type of experience.

“By offering opportunities at an early age, we can create the pipeline of skilled, motivated young people that our businesses need to thrive into the future.

“I would encourage any employer interested to watch the webinar live or after the event on YouTube to find out more.”

 

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