The savvy companies out there know that hiring fresh talent is vital to a successful business and understand that graduates and young people can make a huge difference to the workplace with their unique experience and on-trend ideas. Take Southern Rail’s work experience star, Eddie. A just 15 years old he has become not only an internet sensation, but encouraged people to see the rail line in a whole new light with his social media management skills.
The best companies out there are constantly working to not only employ the UK’s top young talent, but invest in developing these people so both can create a successful future.
World Youth Skills Day
Back in 2014, the United Nations (UN) decided that there should be a day dedicated to the cause of training and advancing young people’s skills, and World Youth Skills Day was born! Held on 15 July, this is a fantastic event aimed at nurturing and encouraging young people to discover and develop their talents.
So, how can your business make the most of young talent? Apprenticeships and work experience are a great start! Young people who choose the option of apprenticeships are often those who are looking for an alternative to the university route. And, if you think about it, because apprentices tend to be young people, they are not coming into the world of work with developed habits from another company. You can mould your young apprentice to suit the needs of your company. Research has also shown that if apprentices feel valued in the workplace, they can become loyal employees.
There are a lot of ways that you can get involved in World Youth Skills Day. Whether you support the day on social media with the hashtags #wysd #SkillsForAll or use the Education and Training tools available from WorldSkills, you can be involved in the movement.
At Workspace, we love an event like this, because employing the best of young people and working with them to achieve mutual goals is what we’re all about. As well as work experience at our head office, many of our customers have apprenticeships, something we know more than a little about the benefits of.
Recently we’ve had Esme and Jemima helping out in our head offices and they’ve had a great time gaining valuable experience in property management. But they’ve also learned skills they could take into any other industry or job.
“I decided to take on work experience at Workspace to further explore the world of finance and the different routes to take to get into the finance/ business world.” Says Esme. “I’ve been shadowing members of the team to gain insight into what each of their jobs involve, visiting properties, work lunches and designing presentations.”
Jemima is also keen to work in finance and her top tip for anyone wanting to make the most of their work experience is “Don’t be afraid to ask questions and make sure you talk to everyone in the department on your first day.”
Our InspiresMe week last year was a huge success. This programme gave students from all across London the chance to experience working in loads of different fields and, at the end of the experience, 80% of students said the placement helped them decide what they wanted to do in the future and 76% said they would consider setting up their own business – how amazing is that? Make sure you visit our InspiresMe Week hub to read all about what we get up to.
Moving on up
Of course, if the days of work experience and apprenticeships are behind you and you’d like to find an amazing space to start your business journey or simply connect with likeminded and super-talented folk, check out our wide variety of options here.