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levy c m a i v l sy Happy New Year from all at Youth Employment UK! Welcome to another packed edition of the Youth Employment e-magazine! We have some great interviews and tips for both young people and employers in this edition. We ended the year on a brilliant high, thank you to everyone who supported us; you can read a summary of the success of our Youth Friendly December campaign in the news section of our website. We are so excited about making 2014 the year to really reduce youth unemployment, the economy seems to be holding up and this will start to impact on young people. However, there is lots that needs to happen before we reach a sustainable youth friendly economy. I am really looking forward to working with our youth ambassadors this year; we have an amazing team of young volunteers who are as passionate about youth employment as we are. At the start of January we launched our Ambassador Programme packed with rewards, training and support for all of our young people. I cannot wait to see the impact they will have at YEUK and on youth unemployment! Enjoy the read,

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04 & 05 Meet Our Brilliant Team Of Ambassadors 11 Summary Of YEUK’s December Campaign 20 Your Chance To Shine 25 Labour Market Analysis 27 The Future Impact Of Youth Unemployment 32 Upcoming Events

Interviews 06 10 26

Interview With Entrepreneur Duncan Cheatle Interview – Graduate Schemes Interview With A Law Student

For Fun 07 09 23

Aiming High For 2014 Digital Bad Hair Days Did You Know?

Hints & Tips 12 19 21 22 29 30 36

Writing That Covering Letter Top Interview Questions Labour Market Analysis While You’re Waiting For Your Uni Decision YEUK 5 Top Tips – Getting Into IT Where To Find Careers Information Understanding Student Loans

Personal Stories 08 16 17 31

Led Up The Garden Path? What Makes You Different? Not Sure If It’s The Right Career? Young Londoner Wins Business Award

YouthEmploymentUK Youth Employment UK C.I.C Group @yeuk @YEUK2012

For Employers

14 Tips For Employers 24 Mencap 34 & 35 Traineeships & What You Need To Know 38 #WeyForward Campaign

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Bryn is a musician, radio presenter and passionate about building and supporting successful networks. Bryn supports YEUK campaigns through social media and has contributed to the e-mag.

Jenna is at university studying art, combining study with supporting the YEUK campaign. Jenna will be writing for the e-mag and supporting other youth ambassadors.

Jessica is highly motivated and determined; she supports YEUK through her various volunteering roles. YEUK is proud of her achievements, Jess has an unwavering commitment to support young people wherever possible.

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Blessing is a creative and enthusiastic young entrepreneur. He has a really inspirational story and we are very proud of his passion to inspire young people to start their own enterprise. Blessing shares some of his entrepreneurial flair in our e-mag and on our youth platform.

Hakon is highly motivated inspirational young entrepreneur, and he regularly writes for the e-mag – both personal stories and interviews. He will soon be recruiting more ambassadors for the team, we are proud of his commitment and his support to YEUK and youth unemployment.

Michael has a very positive attitude and determination to succeed and learn. He has been brilliant at supporting YEUK at events throughout 2013 and has written for the e-mag.


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Baiba is highly motived and very compassionate about youth unemployment, this month she has submitted to the e-mag for the first time we’re really looking forward to working with Baiba throughout 2014.

Wendy is highly motivated and committed to tackling youth unemployment through her work role and events. Wendy is committed to developing her own skills so that she can help others.

Alexa-Jane is a reliable, selfmotivated individual, who is contributing to campaigning and events within her work role and on social media. Alexa-Jane will be joining YEUK at future events and supporting our social media platform.

Sophie, is currently in her last year of her law degree which she has combined with helping YEUK, she regularly contributes to the e-mag. She is a highly motivated and enthusiastic member of the team there is lots more to come with Sophie.

Keshav is one very brilliant young person, he inspires us here! Committed to using his skills, experiences and passion to support young people to be the change they want to see. Keshav is a social entrepreneur and huge YEUK supporter he is on our advisory board, writes for the e-mag, represents us at events and created our YouTube series ‘Diary of a young entrepreneur’.

Jordan is interested in all things IT, he often writes for the e-mag and attends events, he supported the Corby Connection event as part of our Youth Friendly December campaign.

Shwetal, is highly motivated and passionate about youth unemployment, Shwetal is keen to identify and share information with young people across a wide spectrum from entrepreneurship to politics. We look forward to working on lots of campaigns and the e-mag with Shwetal in 2014.

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INTERVIEWS

Duncan Cheatle is CEO of the Prelude Group, cofounder of StartUp Britain and sits on the advisory boards of the Start Up Loan Company and Sheffield University Management School. He is also founder of Rise To – a new platform for improving employability in young people. You founded the Prelude Group and The Supper Club to support enterprise in the UK, what was your motivation to start Rise To and what does it address to improve employability in young people? I’ve been working with fast growing business owners for over 15 years now and they really are the engine room of the economy. Most of the new jobs being created come from these businesses not always larger corporations, yet young people often only think about the big blue chip employers. Many of our Supper Club members can offer a far more exciting and faster moving environment for young people than their corporate counterparts and yet they very often struggle to find young talent because their business isn’t as well known. We thought there was a very obvious need to both highlight the work opportunities within SMEs (small and medium enterprises) and do our bit to help improve the employability of young people at the same time. Enabling young people to build a profile (like a CV) and learn which of the things they have done and should be doing that make them employable. How does the annual Social Enterprise Challenge that you run tie in with Rise To? And why is this so popular? Our involvement with young people started with the Social Enterprise Challenge which has been running for five years now. Those that complete the challenge generally find it’s the one thing employers ask about when they look at their CV. It’s not easy but that’s largely the point and what is appealing to employers: they like that it combines ‘learning’ with ‘doing’ and that the results are visible. I’d really recommend anyone reading

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this to sign up and give it a go. It’s a part-time, six week project where you run a campaign championing a good cause as part of a team of up to six. There lots to be learned but most of all you get to try out your marketing and sales ideas in the real world. It’s this real life experience that employers want to see most of all. If this does interest you applications close on February 1st apply via http://www.riseto.co.uk/ challenge-application-form/ or email Mathew Jeffries, (m.jeffries@ riseto.co.uk) for more information. What skills do you think are most needed by young people to be successful in first time employment? Well I think there are two broad things employers are looking for: capability and commitment. The first is your skills – can you do what’s needed to perform well in the role? Some roles need specific skills but the vast majority require a basic grasp of core life skills like reading, writing and arithmetic. When it comes to young people my experience amongst growing businesses is that commitment trumps capability. Most of our members hire on attitude and will train the skills needed. The key thing; is that employers are human, they like to work people they enjoy being around, who they feel are really committed. So enthusiasm needs to be maintained past interview into every day at work. Of course not every part of the work day will be fun but those who show the most enthusiasm and commitment tend to get ahead in the long term. Many of our members running multi-million pound businesses today left school with no, or virtually no, qualifications and put ‘their break’ down to someone giving them a chance because they showed the right attitude. Do you have any tips for those looking for their first fulltime job? Yes I have too many to mention here. But here’s five things: • Say yes – you are the sum of your experiences and the more you try things the more you will learn about yourself. Employers like self-

awareness in young people. • Get work experience – don’t confuse paid work with great work experience. They can come together, but often don’t. If your priority is to find out whether you would actually like that type of work, ask if you can shadow someone for a day for nothing. You aren’t giving up much time and it makes it easier for a company to say yes. • Likewise get paid work – employers like to see that you have had a go at something that takes commitment – bar work, waiting, labouring. It doesn’t matter what, something is better than nothing. Even for top graduate jobs I like to see that someone has done something customer facing. • Target – don’t just send your CV to everyone. More effort with a few is often more successful. If you don’t have the grades you aren’t going to get a job where the emphasis is on top academic achievements. Focus on those that might value other things more. • Be different – make your CV stand out. This could get you the interview. Employers typically get 200 applications for any job and don’t have time to interview everyone. I hired someone who after school had cycled alone for a challenge around the coast of Britain (that’s over 7,000 miles). I was blown away by that; the person has real drive and resilience. Employers are a looking for evidence of core traits like self-awareness, resilience, creativity, empathy/sociability, commercial acumen and leadership.

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Reflecting on the advice from Duncan Cheatle, I realised that my own new year resolution was going to do great things for my CV in 2014. Without even realising it at first, I have chosen three challenges that will push me, help me to explore new opportunities and be a great conversation point when I go for interviews.

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1. Run the Ed inburgh mara thon and rais The Prince Tru e £2,014 for st Registered on 03/01/13. 2. Travel som ewhere amazi ng for a long I am headed to weekend NYC in Februa ry. 3. Do a new u nusual activit y as a beginn Next month I er every mon will be Rock C th limbing (inspir Matthew Jeffri ed by es, @Mjeffers8 9)

I am even more inspired to achieve them because of their potential to help me win at interviews! So what is next for me? Well I do want to add a couple more resolutions to the list, so I was hoping that our e-mag readers would share their ”Employable Resolutions” with YEUK via Twitter and I might just borrow some of your ideas to make 2014 extra special. You can join the YEUK Employable Resolution Challenge by tweeting @YEUK2012 and by following Hakon @hakonspencer //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

YEUK says: When setting resolutions, goals or challenges remember to be SMART – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevance and Time – and of course FUN! You need a goal that is realistic, something you know you can strive for and something that you will enjoy doing!

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PERSONAL STORIES

up d e l g n bei e w e r th? a a p n e d the gar Following my graduation this summer, I couldn’t help but feel like I had been ‘led up the garden path’, so to speak. During my studies I was always told hard work gets rewarded. So after all those waking hours spent in the library (not to mention the other thirteen years of education) I couldn’t help but feel a bit peeved that so many job applications were met with rejection letters or, more infuriatingly, with no response at all.

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Put simply, having a degree is no longer enough. Employers expect not only academic achievement, but a dazzling CV full of impressive extra-curricular activities, as well as work experience. Of course, I understand that companies want to hire somebody that is a ‘safe bet’; somebody who already knows what they are doing. However, many of us are intelligent, enthusiastic individuals bursting with ideas. Why, then, do employers not make the most of what bright young graduates have to offer? It would appear they simply have no faith in young people. Yet it is not only graduates who are struggling with unemployment. In June-August last year, nearly a quarter of the UK’s youth were unemployed. Clearly, there is something not quite right with our system; either young people are not being prepared enough for work or employers need to be encouraged to take on graduates and school leavers. One solution is to focus on building practical, employability skills and gaining work experience during our schooling years. Personally I found my university to be substantially job-focused. The university ran workshops on topics such as interview skills and CV formatting, as well as more coursespecific advice. The issue here then, may be that employers need more faith in the ability of graduates, or an incentive to take them on. The

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company I undertook my internship with in the final year of my degree worked closely with the university to ensure that both, I and they got the most out of the experience. It is these initiatives which need to be more widely recognised and promoted – not just with internships, but also graduate schemes and training programmes. Currently, I am Editor-in-Chief for the 99% Campaign, as hosted by the social policy think tank, Independent Academic Research Studies (IARS). In this role I am gaining excellent experience and contributing to a truly admirable cause of youth empowerment. Having struggled to find anything relevant to my chosen career path for six months postuniversity, I was in fact offered more than I had initially applied for when I got in contact with IARS. By showing a genuine interest in the campaign and being persistent I was offered the position of Intern. Perseverance then, is necessary for success. Unfortunately, it would seem that far too many employers are reluctant to give you a chance. It is these attitudes which make the threat of a ‘lost generation’ an unavoidable reality.

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uble o r t r e t 7 – twit Twitter is my favourite social media platform. I love its immediacy and how the best of it breeds the kindness of strangers. It has led to Skype conversations with people across the world and business relationships have ensued. However, the very strengths of Twitter can also lead to bear traps for the unwary. Take the cautionary tale of York history and politics student, Sophie Gadd. On a trip to a Berlin museum, Sophie spotted the uncanny resemblance of our very own Prime Minister, David Cameron, in an 18th century painting of Catherine the Great.

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Her innocent tweet went viral shortly after and she soon found herself quoted in daily newspapers, on the radio and the topic of national discussion. And not all of it was pleasant. Some accused her of Photoshopping the picture and managing the response proved tricky as Sophie explained in an online article about her experience – “When I found the picture in the Mail, I made an offhand sarcastic comment to a Twitter follower which then appeared in the Telegraph as part of a paragraph about how I was concerned about potential backlash. This has definitely made me more cautious of using social media.” Even the most innocuous comments made on social media can make the news, even if you only have a few followers, so bear that in mind the next time you do a ‘selfie’ and make a comparison with someone famous or infamous. It might come back to haunt you like Sophie the Unwary!

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INTERVIEWS

Name: Emily Duncan Age: 24 Degree studied at university: History ////////////////////////////////////////////// What made you decide to apply to a graduate scheme following university? During my final year at university I was debating what path to follow. I had two options – one was pursue a dream of joining the RAF as a pilot and the other was to explore my interest in Business. My poor eyesight and inclination towards hayfever made the decision for me. I began researching graduate programmes around on the internet, through career fairs and word of mouth. AXA seemed the obvious choice as it has a real breadth of offering – you don’t have to decide which particular career route to take as it gives you the opportunity to try placements in Finance, Marketing, Strategy, Project Management, Human Resources etc. – virtually any role possible! How many schemes did you apply to? I applied only to the AXA programme and luckily got accepted. I think focusing all my energy on one application meant that I could give it a good shot. I would advocate applying for more than one though to raise your chances of success. Was the fact that you had a guaranteed job at the end a factor in your decision to apply to graduate schemes? No job is guaranteed – but yes, the fact that AXA are incredibly strong supporters and advocates of graduates certainly helped. You get a huge support network

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when joining so it felt like you are looked after – in return for working hard! Of those you applied to, how many did you a) hear back from b) were successful at applying to? Only applied to AXA and the process was smooth. How challenging was the interview process? Had to go through various exercises, interviews, assessment days – but the graduate recruitment team really put you at ease and make you feel comfortable so that you can perform at your best. The application process for any graduate programme is thorough and can be challenging, especially given the sheer numbers of applicants who apply which means they are competitive. However if you are a right fit for the organisation and the organisation is the right fit for you – then it should be an easy process! The AXA careers site has a hints and tips section which is useful for learning more about the process. It offers some really helpful advice about what to expect at assessment centres, preparing for presentations etc., whichever company you apply to. What was involved at the assessment day? Meeting senior managers, current and past graduates, a series of exercises, tests and interviews – plus a chance to network with fellow candidates at lunch. Whilst in the scheme, what sort of training and skills did you acquire? Did you have a chance to work in different sections of the company? Whole host of training and skills

– got exposure to three areas of the company – one working in insurance marketing their products via corporate clients, one working in the strategy team of their international health insurer and one project managing in Wealth Management business. The programme provided a range of courses too on influencing, presentation skills, questioning and listening techniques, managing and dealing with difficult/challenging situations. Did you get sufficient support from your employer during your training? Yes – wide support network. I was assigned a buddy (a post grad), a mentor (somehow to be objective and confidential), and a line manager to guide you in daily activity. Would you recommend others to take this route following a university education? Yes! What advice would you give to people to ensure they have a competitive edge in the application process? • Personalise your application. • Speak to as many graduates before the process to get their advice. • Provide tangible real examples that provide evidence of the skills/experience that you are claiming to have – it makes it come alive more! • Follow companies on Twitter/ Facebook so you can get more of an insight into the company. ////////////////////////////////////////////// For more interviews and youth employment news please visit www.yeuk.org.uk


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lyUK d n e i r F #Youth Throughout December the team and supporters of YEUK campaigned hard to raise the profile of the free Youth Friendly badge and encourage UK business to become Youth Friendly. We spent the month travelling the UK talking to young people, employers and educators. We built up new partnerships and raised the YEUK profile higher than ever before. The month long campaign finished in our home town of Corby with a free Connection Event, where we invited local employers, youth organisations and young people to get together and connect. Over 300 UK employers applied for the Youth Friendly badge which was fantastic! These UK businesses are clearly showing their commitment to young people and to helping us tackle youth unemployment.

entered. The draw has attracted a great number of young people and youth organisations. Worth noting that many of the young entrants have expressed an interested in joining our youth ambassador programme. Watch this space!

MP steps up Skills Minister Matthew Hancock MP also signed up his department to the Youth Friendly badge and even achieved the Gold Standard. Matthew provided us with an interview for our December e-magazine, which you can read via the site. Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock said, “I am pleased to support Youth Employment as it is important that careers information is available to everyone to enable them to make decisions on their next steps.” Win a prize Alongside the campaign was a free draw for 16-24 year old to win a day’s work experience, this could be spent with; Matthew Hancock MP, Charlotte Hill CEO of UK Youth or Northampton Saints Rugby Club (naturally accompanied by our CEO)! Young people simply needed to register on the YEUK website to be

Supporters Skills Councils, corporates, and one-man businesses joined our campaign to make a Youth Friendly UK. To each of you, on behalf of YEUK and the young people we serve we would like to say a big THANK YOU! 2014 Our work does not stop there; we want every UK employer to support young people in some way. The free Youth Friendly badge is a way to demonstrate all that good stuff, from helping out in a school to offering work experience. Every little counts! All of our Youth Friendly badge holders and YEUK members will be listed on our database so that young people can start to see who wears the Youth Friendly colours. Sign up now You can apply for the badge at anytime be clicking on www. yeuk.org.uk/youth-friendlybadge-cc/ and you can also download the #YouthFriendlyUK campaign information via www. yeuk.org.uk/youth-friendlydecember-campaign/

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HINTS & TIPS

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Today’s job application has become one of the most important pieces of writing you will ever write and to get an employer to even look at it, you have to start with a brilliant cover letter! Psychologically you have six seconds to capture someone’s attention with your application, so it is essential that you invest in the time to get your brilliance across quickly, think short, informative and attention grabbing. Otherwise the employer may not even look at your CV. Imagine you were applying to be an ambassador with YEUK:

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Getting UK employers to back our young people is something we are wholly committed to doing. We know that even experiencing one conversation with one employer can have a huge impact on a young person. Add in a sprinkle of work experience a dash of a mock interview and squeeze of mentoring and we have a recipe for a fully engaged and employable youth generation. Some employers do it without even realising it, some employers do it and invest huge amounts into doing it. It all counts, every activity your company does that supports one young person is making a difference. So how can you do it and even where possible do it better?

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Recruitment

Raising Your Profile

We are reaching out to thousands of young people across the UK through our e-magazine, social media and membership. All of our members are promoted to our young supporters:

We are committed to supporting our members and ensuring they are a big part of our work. Our members get to:

. All young members can access our employer members database. . You can promote your recruitment pages through our members database and social media channels. . You can promote your events to our young supporters . You can attend our events and will be offered opportunities to present to our network of education ambassadors* . Expert support for your recruitment strategy and youth engagement programmes*

. Contribute editorial and case studies for our e-magazine. . Have your logo on our website and in our e-magazine. . Be seen on our members database. . Receive support through our social media channels. . Get involved in our events, competitions and lobbying work. . Work with a dedicated account manager * (*corporate members only)

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PERSONAL STORIES

kes a m t a is wh cial you spe What is your passion? What is your alarm clock? Here are my five top tips into success:

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1. Start by tapping into your passion It’s there, whether you recognize it or not. We’re all passionate about something – even if it doesn’t strike us as job or career worthy. Think about all of the things that get you fired up, excited, eager to act… write those things down. Ask close others to help add to the list. Sit with that paper for a few days. Add notes, details, and illustrations. Fill the page with things you love and are good at. Those are the best clues you’re going to get. You may need help to do this next part, but challenge yourself to translate what’s on that page into ways you might be able to channel those abilities or passions into some form of work. 2. Know that there is always an option When you’re passionate about something you will put everything into it. Passion brings drive and determination to never give up. Never tell yourself you’re stuck. You’re not. You have more options than you can even dream of. Challenge yourself to uncover five new opportunities for you this week, then another five next week. See the road ahead of you as an open one to do with as you wish. Get excited about having so many options. That energy will help you tremendously as you set out to pursue the ones that rise to the top of your list. 3. Surround yourself with like-minded people Networking is the key to success. You can never be successful on your own; surround yourself with like-

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minded people. Find people who you share the same passion with and support each other. For you to make your passion a success it isn’t all about what you know it’s about who you know. It is important to surround yourself with people who take their passion and work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard. 4. Opportunity comes in many forms – not just jobs Don’t get stuck on finding a job, or starting a business for that matter. There are lots of opportunities in between that can enable you to turn your passion into success. I like to call this range the Complete Opportunity Spectrum. Sure, you can get a job doing X, but what about a project, a consulting opportunity, an internship, licensing a business, becoming a franchisee, partnering up with an organization, doing some temp work. Break away from the ‘get a job’ mentality. There are lots of ways to make money doing just about anything… if you’re creative enough. 5. What makes you different makes you special You don’t necessarily need to be an expert in your area of passion. You don’t need to have years of experience under your belt to do something with it either. That can come. Take whatever it is that makes you different, unique, special, interesting, quirky or uncommon and turn that into a fascinating story of why you’re pursuing your passion. Share it with everyone you can. Being just like everyone else is boring. Having some interesting story to tell on how you ended up in this new venture, pursuit or industry will make people curious about you.


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I graduated in July 2011 from Reading University with a BA in English Literature. Like most graduates entering the ‘real world’ of employment, I had completed three years of academic study and was entering a phase of uncertainty and curiosity. Having worked really hard in my final year, after graduating, (quite literally – immediately after my ceremony!) I hopped on a plane to Australia to visit family for the summer. However, I’ve always been the type of person who hates not having something to do, or some purpose to fulfil and I decided to transform my supposed ‘holiday’ into an opportunity to get some work experience abroad. I had so many questions about my future that I knew I needed to answer, and to do this pretty soon so I set upon searching for those answers. I still got to enjoy myself and have a great time with my family, but I also got to start preparing for the life I would be going back to.

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Like many other English graduates, teaching seemed like an obvious fit for me as a career. I had volunteered throughout university life as a teaching assistant, a student mentor, and as an ambassador

of the university for AimHigher. As a result, I wanted to step up a little, and really experience it for myself. I wanted to know every detail of what I was entering: How much lesson planning is it? What are the worst days like? What are the best days like? What are the things I need to know from the people who know it? So what happened? I had a great time working in a local school for a few weeks and got some experience in teaching in the classroom at as many different age levels as possible – from nursery, all the way up to secondary. I spent my lunch breaks asking as many questions to as many different teachers, all with vast amounts of knowledge and experience to find out if this was really the right option for me. I came back with: a) experience of teaching abroad b) a really clear idea of what to expect if I chose teaching. If you’re not sure what to do, or if it’s the right career for you, get yourself out there and start asking the people who have done it questions. Those teachers were like potential future Keshav Bhatts. And even though I didn’t choose teaching as a career, I still have the experience of working in another country to add to my CV and the skills I gained from doing it too. Go for it! You have nothing to lose!

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I have a BA degree in Politics and MA in Social Anthropology. I recently graduated from University of Kent, School of Anthropology and Conservation. The thing I learned and value the most is the communication with people, knowledge of different mentalities, ethnicities and nationalities and how it changes the way we perceive the world.

Type of work you are looking for

I have experience in wide range of spheres from sales to behaviour analysis and social media. However, I learned the most through my internship at Canvas8 from September to November, 2013. I was responsible for trend hunting, social media analysis, communication between clients and customers. The thing I am most proud of learning is working at the fast pace and keeping up with new inventions, trends, technologies and social networks.

Which sector/industry do you want to work in and where?

I am looking for a job that would allow me to express and utilize my skills. I am looking for a fast pace, innovative and friendly workspace, possibly connected with social media, communication and networking.

How long have you been looking for work, what’s that been like?

I would like to work in social research, behaviour analysis or social media and communications industries. As I am currently living in London that would be my preferred place for work, however, I am flexible.

Why you are employable and would be an asset to an employer?

I have been looking for work since November 2013. It has been a great struggle as I constantly encounter with the issue of being ‘overqualified’ or not having relevant job experience. However, I have not given up and am looking for new possibilities to show my skills. I am hardworking, flexible, have a great respect for deadlines and work ethics. I am multilingual, can communicate in Russian, English and Latvian languages and understand basic Spanish. I have a background of great academic theoretical knowledge which I have used in practice in all I have done so far. I am proficient typist and have advanced IT knowledge.

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Our ambassadors can spend up to two hours a month others up to ten, as long as you are passionate about making a difference to youth unemployment, you can give us much time as you are willing.

What’s in it for you...? Be part of an exciting organisation making a difference. Be part of a team. Rewards & recognition. Training and support. Actively contribute to your CV with work experience. Annual Ambassadors celebration and awards. Visit us online at: www.yeuk.org.uk Call: 08444 143 101 Email: info@yeuk.org.uk

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Submission date was the 15th of January your application has gone, and even if you suddenly wake in the night remembering that you didn’t dot an ‘i’ or cross a ‘t’, you know it’s too late! So while you wait on your confirmation, we thought we would tackle some of that jargon for you...

Admissions Cycle Is the name of the whole admissions to universities process, it begins eve ry Septembe r. Conditiona l Offer You have to meet minim um conditions to be accepted on to that course. Unconditio nal Offer Well done! E ven if you do n’t get the results to expect you g et on to the course y ou applied fo r. Firm Offer Once you re ceiv back this is w e your offer’s hat you do to confirm the university yo u want.

Deferral This is when you apply at the start of an ad missions cyc le for the followin g cycle, for in stance you want to take a gap y ear but want everyth ing in place before you travel or go into emp loyment. Or an option you can take if you

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change you r mind abou t starting that cycle on ce you have been offered a pla ce. Insurance O ffers If you get m ore than one university off ering you eit her a conditiona l or uncondit ional place, you c an make a fi rm offer then an insu rance offer. T his helps you keep yo ur options o pen – it is wise to m ake the univ ersity with the low er entry pass the insurance off er just in case !

Withdrawal You can with draw your application a t any point, you really need to think this on e through tho ugh, as you c a n n resubmit, yo u will need to ot wait till the next a dmissions cy cle, keep in mind you can defe r if your situatio n changes le a st admission c two ycles before you lose your right to defer and yo u then need to acce pt and enrol o r fully withdraw.


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Young people with a learning disability are taking part in workshops, volunteering and work placements across the country to develop their skills and change society’s attitudes so that finding employment is much easier. To do this they are supported by several projects within the charity Mencap called Inspire Me and Employ Me. Inspire Me was set up by Mencap and ENABLE Scotland and supports young people with a learning disability aged 14-25 across the UK to develop the skills they need for a fulfilling life. Young people with a learning disability are twice as likely not to be engaged in education, employment or training as those without, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Inspire Me’s Young Ambassadors are volunteers aged 16-25 with a learning disability. They campaign for social change, support others in the community, and organise great events around the country. Some have appeared on radio, in newspapers and even spoken to MPs in the Houses of Parliament! They have achieved amazing things showing others that having a learning disability doesn’t mean you can’t do things. As a charity, we hope the skills our young people learn and the experience they have will better

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equip them for employment, as well as educating employers on how to support others with a learning disability. Mencap also has a dedicated employment team called Employ Me which is designed to help people with a learning disability get a job. This is done through practical support packages which include pre-employment support, work trials, tasters and placements, support to find paid work and job coaching with in work support. Employ Me have strong links with national employers and work with them to make sure there is a smooth journey for people with a learning disability into the vacancy, as well as keeping employers informed about changes they can make to help provide the right support. It is through Inspire Me and Employ Me that young people with a learning disability are able to develop the rights skills and experience, and gain the right advice and support to help them find employment. If you would like to find out more about the Inspire Me programme please call 0121 722 5920 or email inspire.me@mencap.org.uk To find out more about Employ Me and get advice please contact Mencap Direct on 0808 808 1111.


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The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) is the professional body for the recruitment sector AND a supporter and member of YEUK. The ‘Report on Jobs’ is a monthly publication produced by Markit and sponsored by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation and KPMG LLP. This is a summary of their December ‘Report on Jobs’. We would like to thank the REC for their support to YEUK and for allowing us to share this data: • The rate of inflation of permanent staff salaries accelerated further in December. • There is still a lack of candidates coming into the labour market. • Permanent staff availability fell at a sharp and accelerated rate in December. • Temp availability decreased in all four English regions, with the steepest reduction signalled in the Midlands.

Which sector recruited the highest number of permanent staff?

Which sector recruited the highest number of temporary staff?

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This month YEUK spoke to Sophie – one of our brilliant ambassadors. Here’s her experience studying Law… Where are you studying? I’m in my final year at the University of Oxford. What are your future career plans? After graduating, I plan to qualify as a solicitor and join a commercial law firm in London. The application process is really competitive though, so fingers crossed! Why did you choose to study law? I didn’t have a burning desire to practice law. I think it was actually my experiences at school which directed me towards law. My school invited a solicitor from a law firm in London to come and speak about her experiences; she made law sound really exciting. I also studied Economics and Politics at A level. These subjects made a law degree seem like a natural choice, it is such an interdisciplinary subject.

What are your overall impressions of your undergraduate degree so far? At first, I thought it seemed like a lot of hard work, especially compared to other degrees! It still is! As a law student you learn quickly how to manage time effectively so that you have time for social activities etc. I also think the work ethic you have to develop is a useful skill for when you enter the working world, whether as a lawyer or another profession. Which areas of law have you enjoyed the most? I have particularly enjoyed trusts law, jurisprudence (theory of law) and administrative law – so quite a broad range! To be honest, I think a large part of it depends on how exciting the tutor/lecturer expresses the subject and whether you can engage with the material. Which areas of law have you found more difficult? Why do you think this was? I found jurisprudence very challenging in the beginning, it isn’t

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We all celebrated a little with the news that the economy was showing signs of recovery; an upturn would begin to see a positive impact on youth unemployment. Then into our inbox came a shocking reminder as to why we are campaigning! The future is still a worrying landscape for young people and not just those immediately leaving or who have left education but 14 year olds are at risk too. 14 year olds who will make their GCSE choices this year will have to be very wise. They will need to be well informed and tooled for the world of work, because the funding that is supporting our 16-24 year olds today will not last. According to the Impetus Report: Making NEETS History in 2014. The emotional and mental effects of even a small experience of unemployment has a life time impact on a young person’s well-being and financial income. It can create a lifetime shortfall on earning potential. And has a long term impact on resources and the economy: • A young person who experiences a period NEET will, on average, lose up to £50,000 in earnings over their working life. • If we do not prevent the 120,000 of today’s 14 year olds

who are at risk of becoming NEET from doing so, they collectively stand to lose £6.4 billion. • The lost taxes, additional public service costs and associated impacts such as youth crime and poor health will cost Britain in excess of £77 billion a year. The Impetus report goes on to deliver a series of recommendations for structural change based on its research and analysis. These recommendations include calling on government to; • Create a Secretary of State for school-to-work transitions. • Pay the Pupil Premium by results, not all upfront. • Charge Ofsted with inspecting schools’ efforts to improve school-to-work transitions and use of data. Many organisations and think tanks have spent much time on this issue and on developing policy ask of government, we support this important task. Youth unemployment is a systemic problem and only with serious and measured intervention will we see real change. As the dedicated campaigning and membership organisation for youth employment we will be involved in many reports this year as we make 2014 the year for a #YouthFriendlyUK

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5 Get Qualified The general options are; going to a university and gaining a degree; doing an apprenticeship and working your way up the career ladder; and gaining experience through a contractor, then going into your ideal job. Each route has its pros and cons, and which one will be best for you depends on many factors. The information you’ll need to make this decision may be gained from;

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CAREERS INFORMATION & SUPPORT The National Careers Service is the government’s portal for all things careers and advice – you can connect with them online or talk to an advisor over the phone. You can browse over 750 different career profiles, check your skills, build a CV and much more. 0800 100 900 https://nationalcareersservice.direct. gov.uk/aboutus/contactus/Pages/ contact4.aspx

Youth Employment UK – you can of course join our social media pages Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest where we promote latest news, views, advice and opportunities. Be sure to also register to be a Youth Member or Youth Ambassador – you will then get access to a load more resources and information.

Revolution Hive www.revolutionhive.com

Shaw Trust www.shaw-trust.org.uk

www.careersbox.co.uk www.careersadviceforparents.org

APPRENTICESHIPS The obvious starting point is the National Apprenticeship Service you can find out more about apprenticeships, funding and search for vacancies and training providers near you.

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Take a look at Princes Trust. www.princes-trust.org.uk

Or our friends; Rock Star Youth www.rockstaryouth.co.uk

Young Britain

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Also, have a look at our members websites; The Apprenticeship Guide

Or our friends; Future Talent

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There are a number of job search websites that also advertise vacancies from apprenticeships to internships and graduate employment. Take a look at; Universal Jobmatch

We have some BRILLIANT member organisations who offer support to young people, so along with the main government sites we are happy to encourage you to look at these too!; Employability Hub www.colouryoursuccess.com/Your Career Mentor

Accross College

www.youngbritain.com

Baltic Training

Colour Your Success

www.petroc.ac.uk www.accross.ac.uk

We also like Careers Box – a website packed with videos showing you the range of careers and opportunities on offer, and Careers Advice for Parents and Young People which covers all the bases in simple bite-sized articles.

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https://dash.bloomfire.com

Also our education members; Petroc College

www.balticapprenticeships.com www.apprenticesupermarket.com

Apprenticeship4England www.apprenticeships4england.info

UNIVERSITY OR COLLEGE You can search for thousands of college or universities through the UCAS and Unistats websites. http://search.ucas.com http://unistats.direct.gov.uk

www.gov.uk/jobsearch

www.future-talent.com

Our list is not exhaustive and there are a lot of resources, guides and services for young people. If you have not been able to get help from this list, let us know and we will put you in contact with a specific organisation. Or if you have been helped by an organisation not listed, let us know and we will signpost to them too! Email us at emag@yeuk.org.uk


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ign s e d l a ation r i p s n i for Ex-youth offender, Anurah Farrell, overcame nine other finalists to win the Urban Voice UK ‘Project Your Talent 4 Business’ award along with £17,000 of business support. Anurah (Farrell) was awarded the prize for developing a device for carrying multiple sanitary bins by hand. It dramatically reduces the number of trips staff have to make to deliver washroom and facility services, and has already proved a hit with facilities management companies.

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Anurah won the prize after completing nine months of intensive mentoring on ‘training for work’ programme, ‘Street Elite’. Street Elite, which is delivered by youth sports charity Cricket for Change and housebuilder The Berkeley Group, offers intensive support to those often living on the edge of gangs and criminality, helping them to gain the confidence, qualifications and self-esteem needed to get into education or work.

spent and you really get back from Street Elite what you put into it.” Perry Sophocleous, Street Elite coach who mentored Anurah said: “Anurah has incredible passion and work ethic, he just needed support to channel his energy, and that was where Street Elite was able to help.” In the future Anurrah sees himself identifying more business ventures and investing in new innovations. But what words of advice would he give to young people who are facing similar situations to the one he did before he joined Street Elite? “I would be saying to people, that if they would like to achieve anything then just try and fail and try again but always seek help and advice along the way because there are always people willing to help like Street Elite. You just have to be willing to help yourself first.”

The 24 year old, who is now enrolled in the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy at Westminster Kingsway College, attributes his success to the help he was given by the programme: “The engaging support that was shown to me through Street Elite was very empowering for me at that particular time in my life. I can say that it was time well

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National Careers & National Apprenticeship Week

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Date for your Diary: 13–14 May 2014 Venue: Kia OVal CriCKet GrOund, lOndOn Generation Found – driving full employment for young people Join Inclusion and conference partners AELP for the largest UK Convention addressing youth employment and achievement. The 2014 Convention will tackle all elements of the youth employment agenda. We will hear from local and national partners across the UK who are: • • • • •

Creating opportunity Impacting on social mobility Nurturing talent Demonstrating the business benefits of employing young people Preparing young people for tomorrow’s jobs This two day Convention will culminate in a ‘Call to Action’ intending to put youth employment and skills at the heart of the manifestos of all the major political parties. The event will give a voice to everyone who cares about the future prospects of the UK’s prime asset – its young people.

We are delighted to welcome and announce Tomorrow’s People as the Convention Lead Sponsor! In our 30th birthday year we are delighted to be the Lead Sponsor at the forthcoming Youth Employment Convention being run by Inclusion and AELP. With one million 16-24 year olds still unemployed across the UK the Convention plays a critical role in supporting young people into new opportunities and work and showcasing best practice. Tomorrow’s People is proud to be associated with the Convention and looks forward to welcoming you to the Kia Oval Cricket Ground on 13–14 May, 2014. Organised by:

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This article is intended for employers who are considering offering traineeships to young people and includes information about the benefits of traineeships for your business. What is a traineeship? A traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience that is focused on giving young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for. At its core are work preparation training, English and maths for those who need it, and a high quality work experience placement. Traineeships can last up to six months and include: − Work preparation training − English and maths* support if required. − A work experience placement of six weeks to five months with an employer. − In addition to these basic elements, you and the training provider can add flexible additional content to meet the needs of your business and the local labour market. What are the benefits of offering traineeships? Traineeships have been developed in response to research showing that young people frequently lack the knowledge and experience employers expect in the workplace. Traineeships will help to tackle this problem, while

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benefiting businesses in the following ways: − You as an employer can design a high quality traineeship within your company in partnership with a training provider – one that suits both the needs of your business and the needs of the trainee. − You can get ahead of the competition by bringing enthusiastic young people with their fresh ideas into your business before they get on to the job ladder. − Traineeships will allow you to shape the skills and experience of young people from your local community, helping your business to develop a loyal and talented workforce. − Working with trainees will give established staff members the chance to develop their skills in mentoring and coaching young people. − If you decide to offer a trainee an apprenticeship you could be eligible for an Apprenticeship Grant for Employers of £1,500.** What will my business need to provide? Your company will need to provide a high quality work experience placement for the trainee, lasting anything from six weeks to a maximum of five months. Work experience placements should be: − Substantial and meaningful, providing a real workplace experience. − A structured opportunity for the

young person, matched to their areas of interest and aspiration, where they engage in purposeful work related learning activities rather than observation. − Long enough to allow for the development and thorough embedding of new skills and behaviours. There are various resources available with information on what makes good quality work experience. These include: • cipd.co.uk/publicpolicy/policyreports/work-experience-qualitycharter.aspx • education.gov.uk/ childrenandyoungpeople/ youngpeople/qandlearning/ programmes/b00223495/post-16work-exp-enterprise-educ • ukces.org.uk/assets/ukces/ docs/supporting-docs/youthemployment/making-workexperience-work-for-you.pdf Employers should be able to: − Pre-agree content and objectives between your company, the training provider and the trainee. − Identify a mentor to support the trainee and give them regular constructive feedback throughout the programme. Once the young person has finished their traineeship with your company, you will need to give them: − Ideally, an interview for a position within your business if one is available. − If no apprenticeship or job

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“Siemens supports traineeships wholeheartedly – this new programme is a very important stepping stone that enables young people to gain skills that allow them to enter apprenticeships in engineering or take up a job in the engineering supply chain.”

///////////////////////////////////////////////// opportunity exists within your business at the end of the traineeship, provide a meaningful exit interview together with a reference to help them secure an apprenticeship or other employment with another employer. Is it a rigid training programme? No, traineeships are very flexible, and by working closely with your training provider you can design a programme which suits your needs and those of the trainee. The provider will assess the needs of the trainee. Depending on the individual they will start the pre-employment elements including local business and sector information. The work experience placement is core to the traineeship – however it does not have to start on day one of a learner’s traineeship, but at the most appropriate time.

Toby Peyton-Jones HR Director Siemens plc and Cluster North West Europe

Jointly, you and the training provider will plan when the trainee should start, the days they come in for work experience and how the programme is delivered. The process can be changed and finessed during the traineeship so that both you and your trainee get the best out of the process. Are there any financial costs to offering traineeships? All training costs are met by government funding. Employers are not required to pay young people taking part in traineeships but are encouraged to support trainees with expenses such as transport and meals. How do I get started with traineeships? Speak with the National Apprenticeship Service by visiting apprenticeships.org.uk, or calling 08000 150 600. The National Apprenticeship Service will be

*All young people undertaking a traineeship will be required to study English and maths, unless they have achieved a GCSE A*-C in those subjects or, for those aged 19-23, a GCSE A*-C in those subjects or a functional skills qualification at Level 2. A full level 2 qualification is equivalent to 5 GCSEs at Grades A*-C and a full level 3 qualification is equivalent to 2 or more ‘A’ level passes.

able to support you throughout the process and identify an approved local training provider. Alternatively you can contact your local training provider to offer a traineeship in partnership with them. Only providers rated ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Good’ by Ofsted at the start of the academic year are eligible to offer traineeships. Providers, who are re-graded to ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Good’ in year, will become eligible to deliver. A full list of eligible providers is available on the Skills Funding Agency website: • skillsfundingagency.bis.gov.uk/ providers/programmes/

Traineeships are a stepping stone to future success for young people, businesses and the wider economy.

**For information on the AGE grant of £1,500 visit: • apprenticeships.org.uk/apprenticeships-for-small-business/whatsupport-is-available

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• Loans you pay back, grants, you don’t. Both are paid into your account on the same day, up to ten days after enrolment and then first day back of any term. • Loans are 65/35, which means you apply for 65% and you are means tested for 35%. • Grants are fully means tested and the amount you get is deducted from the overall amount of your loan. • Though your repayments are a long way off its worth understanding them now: - They are automatically deducted by your employer; ‘payroll deduction’. If your pay falls below or you stop work, your payments automatically stop. - Interest on student loans is set at the rate of interest +3% pa starting as soon as your loan starts. - After studying and before you start earning £21,000 the interest is set with inflation. After you start earning +£21,000 it is in line with inflation +3%.

Student Finance credit your bank in three payments per academic year. You have 12 weeks to manage all of your spending and bills during term; budget wisely! Some companies such as mobile bills will give discounts for payments in advance. TV licence fee is reduced for students so remember to choose that option when calling. Some councils give discounts to students but if you don’t keep up payments, you lose the right to pay the annual bill in instalments... everything is worth the phone call. If you have an overdraft or a credit card, don’t count the amount of those in your budget as you can incur bank charges putting you at risk of debt.

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Youth Employment UK CIC Youth Friendly Badge (CC) The Youth Friendly Badge (CC) celebrates and recognises your commitment to young people in the UK. It is a public demonstration of your pledge to be a “Youth Friendly” business. In the UK nearly 1 in 5 young people are unemployed; youth unemployment is a growing social, economic and moral problem with a cost to every member of society, but above all, to a young person, somewhere near you. Already thousands of businesses in the UK support young people by attending careers fairs, providing work experience opportunities and taking on young people through apprenticeships, internships, graduate or entry level roles. We know that there is still more to be done and so we want all UK employers to apply for the free Youth Friendly Badge (CC), demonstrating to their communities, to young people, to future employees and to their customers that they are invested in supporting youth employment. There are just 3 simple steps to receiving the Youth Friendly Badge (CC). There is no charge and no financial obligation. You just need to be prepared to invest in supporting young people. Not only will you benefit from the recognition the badge brings to you, but your organisation will also benefit by its investment in its future workforce and future customers.

What are the Steps? 1. The Positive Youth Charter is

Step 1

• Sign the Positive Youth Charter

• Commit to at least 2 activities from the "Youth Friendly" Menu Step 2

an agreement signed by employers, young people & training providers. It creates a common language and commitment by all of those working to fight youth unemployment.

• Self-Assess "Youth Friendly" behaviour

2. The Youth Friendly Menu lists all the great activities that employers can support young people and schools with. Talks, Site Visits, Work Experience, Mentoring, the list is endless and we can also help connect you with organisations that support employers to do these things.

Step 3

3. Finally to receive the certificate you must check your current business behaviours against our 8 Youth Friendly ones to see how your organisation supports young people within its operation. Meet 6+ of the criteria and you will receive a certificate for your organisation.

For more information please visit www.yeuk.org.uk Youth Employment UK CIC is a not for profit campaigning and membership organisation dedicated to fighting youth unemployment. We are wholly committed to making the UK the most “Youth Friendly” place to work. The Youth Friendly Badge (CC) is created under a Creative Commons license, for more details visit www.yeuk.org.uk


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The WeyForward Workspace is a unique online network experience designed to give former students of Weymouth and Portland a platform to develop personal and aspirational community or business projects. Young people will be able to develop their skills and experiences whilst working on their own live projects. The workspace will link former students with business mentors, education establishments, current students and the support needed to run their projects successfully. Ideas in progress on the Workspace include architectural design, events development, website creation, performances, festivals and public engagement exercises. Projects are posted on to the main #WeyForward site (www.weyforward.net) for public discussion and rating. Both the work-in-progress and products of completed projects will be posted online, in the form of video

footage, images, testimonial and documentation to act as a searchable CV for the young people of the borough. This is a call for Youth Friendly organisations to join the Workspace, committing time in a flexible way to offer online advice and guidance to young people working on their personal projects. Meetings between current students, former students at university and business partners are planned to occur using online technology such as Google Hangouts using the Centre of Excellence for Industrial Liaison at Budmouth College, Weymouth as the venue. To join and support the workspace you will need to visit: https://plus.google.com/u/0/co mmunities/105136762619095111 407?cfem=1 with a Google Plus account. For more details please contact Baron Miles – milesb@budmouth. dorset.sch.uk

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Youth UnEMPLOYMENT It’s your fight, join us & let’s make the UK YOUth Friendly

If you are 16-24 then youth unemployment should be something you care about, if not for you then for some of the 1 MILLION young people currently NEET. We are working hard to fight youth unemployment but we need you, we want your voices to be at the heart of our work. Become a FREE member of Youth Employment UK CIC, Step Up to our Positive Youth Charter and help us make the difference you want to see.

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