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Our focus this month and next is on making December Youth Friendly. Here at YEUK we are working our little socks off to create more employer opportunities for more young people all over the UK. Here is why and how you can help: Youth Unemployment In The News Government have announced a decrease in the number of young people claiming job seekers allowance – “The 17th consecutive monthly fall”. But youth unemployment stands at 965,000 a figure still too high! Labour’s Youth Jobs Taskforce report cited that the government’s flagship Youth Contract scheme missed its target by 92% and that the current benefits bill for young people stood at more than £3.6bn a year. The Guardian reported that the continued levels of youth unemployment will prohibit an economic recovery and is putting our future at stake. Since then Nick Clegg has rallied a further £50m for a selection of cities to invest in local youth employment initiatives. More has to be done! We are simply failing our young people and our communities. That is why your support for YEUK and our campaign to make December Youth Friendly is more vital than ever. Read through our fantastic e-Mag with a view to do one small thing to help us tackle youth unemployment; If you are 16-24 – Sign up to our free membership and show your support for all the young people in the UK. If you are 16-24 – Enter our December competition and give yourself a great chance of an incredible work experience placement. If you are an employer then sign up for the FREE Youth Friendly Badge and help us to showcase your efforts to help young people. If you are an employer, training provider, school or youth organisation join YEUK and become a member that counts. Whoever you are you can help our campaign to make December Youth Friendly and we invite you to email us for the campaign pack to see how you can help info@yeuk.org.uk We hope that our December campaign will create more than 2000 new opportunities for young people across the UK and we look forward to celebrating that success with you. Kind Regards, LJ

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E NEW FEA TUR We are delighted to introduce a brand new feature to the e-Mag. Your Chance to Shine is a new spot that we are giving to one inspired Youth Employment young member each month for them to showcase their employment credentials to our employer readers. If any of our employer readers are interested in contacting our “Shine” members please contact emag@ yeuk.org.uk and we will pass your details on. Selected this month is Deborah. Name: Deborah Stevenson Study, where and when: The University of Hull (Scarborough Campus) 2009 – 2012. I studied English Language and Literature. Work experience: I got my first job when I was fifteen, and until recently have worked part-time. I have always believed it is important to gain work skills alongside my education. I’m currently working as an intern which is my first full-time position.

I’ve given a lot of my time to voluntary work to gain more experience and to be able to give something back to the community – I’m hoping to become a Street Angel in Hull very soon! I have a fair amount of office work experience from taking calls to welcoming guests and updating CRM systems. Other skills include sorting mail, diary management, travel arranging, typing up letters, telephone marketing etc. Type of work you are looking for: In the media, press assistant or something similar. I love the idea of starting in a position where I can work my way up and earn promotion. I’m not afraid of working hard. I enjoy using social media sites to interact. How long have you been looking for work? Since I left university in 2012, I have always been looking for work and gained my internship but this position was only for a year so I need to find something else! I have used this time to learn as much as I could to get the most out of the experience.

Which sector/ industry do you want to work in? I’ve loved working with the third sector, I’ve learnt so much and become more aware of how much goes into the work they do. The private sector would be great to work in because I feel this sector also has a lot to offer. What can you offer a potential employer? I work hard, I am tenacious, I love working with other people and networking as I’m a sociable person and also because I believe you can learn a lot from others. Working alone is not an issue and it can be beneficial as you can get tasks done at a much quicker pace. I have a broad range of skills to bring to the workplace; I have strengths that others don’t – especially around social media. I use this to great advantage; networking and raising my profile. I love supporting other people especially in helping others to develop skills in Twitter going from no idea to really getting how to utilise it, that’s great!

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Can you please tell us a little bit about Aspire Sports, why it started and what you do? Aspire Sports deliver sports and physical activity programmes into a variety of settings including schools, local authorities and the NHS. We are a growing business that currently employs 54 full time members of staff. Our sole purpose is to create a nation that is active for life. How much of an impact do you think sports programmes have on the employability skills of young people? In our eyes, sport has a vital role to play in the development of employment skills in young people. We currently offer traineeships in Sport and Active Leisure. We employ ten apprentices who are working towards the new 1st 4 Sport PE and School Sports NVQ Level 2 with some having progressed onto the new PESS Level 3 programme. We also give work experience opportunities to several young people aged 14 plus every year. For us there is nothing worse to knock a young person’s confidence than to not let them experience the day-to-day goings on of our organisation. Which is why, following an informal mock interview, every young person shadows one of our team for the time that they are with us. They set them goals and communicate effectively with them to ensure that they return to school or college with a sense of achievement. Some even undertake and gain a Sports Leaders award during their time with us. As a result of these programmes we see young people developing key employment skills such as team work, leadership, discipline and interpersonal skills such as communication and punctuality. As a result our young people mature quickly and we see people with improved self-esteem and confidence.

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Seeing two of our very first apprentices recently gain full time employment with Aspire Sports has been a huge success for us. However, our initial experience of delivering the apprenticeship programme was poor. In fact, it almost put us off for good.

Youth unemployment has been at crisis point for the past few years. We feel very strongly about this because everyone deserves the right to employment. As a YEUK member we continue to develop the skills, attitudes and behaviour of our workforce. In particular the 18-24 year olds who are part of our delivery team.

Originally we had no in-house capability and decided to outsource the training to a nationwide provider. Within a few weeks we could see there was a huge void between our expectations for the young people and what was been delivered. We investigated how we could bring this in-house and become a training provider ourselves. The process took some time but as a result we ceased our relationship. We are now an SFA registered training provider, have a great working relationship with B2B Engage Ltd and deliver our own in-house programmes. We currently employ ten apprentices. The two apprentices mentioned have been with Aspire Sports since March 2012 and completed their NVQ Level Two in Activity Leadership and are working towards the NVQ Level Three in PE and School Sport. They have been mentored by people who have progressed with the company after joining us at the age of 23 and 24. Not even a year into their employment both are completely different people. Their confidence has grown, they have become more than just assistants and are more than competent ‘educators’ in the delivery of our programmes. in August of this year one of our apprentices engaged in our charitable ‘Aspire to Africa’ programme. She took a position on the organising committee and gained an incredible life experience by working with teachers and children in rural Tanzanian schools.

The average age of our workforce who are delivering programmes is 23. For the vast majority, who are graduates, we are providing a route into employment. This has prompted us to share our knowledge and skills with young people not in employment, education or training. We feel strongly about giving young people the chance to develop in the workplace. This aligns with YEUK’s mission and we are strong advocates of the YEUK campaign. Now that this campaign is up and running we hope that other organisations recognise that young people can make a positive contribution their organisation. Young people are at the heart and soul of our business. They should be at the heart and soul of every business. We have heard too many stories about businesses taking apprenticeships on as a tick box exercise and as a form of cheap labour. This is wrong, misleading and completely unfair on those young people who see apprenticeships as a way into the world of employment. Young people need a chance. We need to work with them and help them blossom into people who make a difference!


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. Visit us online at: www.yeuk.org.uk Call: 08444 143 101 Email: info@yeuk.org.uk

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START WITH OUR CHECKLIST Things you should check for when choosing which Apprenticeship Provider to work with. There are lots of apprenticeship training companies out there, so how do you choose the right one for you? Read their latest Ofsted report Ask them what their completion rates are (how many young people actually complete their apprenticeship with this company?) What is the length of time of their apprenticeships Do they guarantee the minimum wage Do they do a basic H&S and risk assessment (not compulsory but we think this is good practice, young people should be able to work in a safe environment) Do they have a mentor service (who do you talk to if you are having problems) How frequently do they visit their apprentices How regularly do the assessors go out Is there on the job or off the job training (will you have a day a week at college, or with the trainer, or is it all on the employer’s site? Does this affect your pay?) Is the apprenticeship e-Learning or paper base? What is the chance of being taken on permanently by the employer? If you are not taken on what support does the training company give? There are some great apprenticeship providers out there, but just as you would do your research when picking a school, college or university it is advised you do similar research before picking your training provider. Have an experience that you would like to share with YEUK? Email us at emag@yeuk.org.uk

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ESQU ARED BREDA LEYNE This week the Prime Minister, David Cameron, unveiled this Government’s plans for an overhaul of apprenticeships. The intention is to increase the engagement of employers in the design of the apprenticeship frameworks. Groups of companies, including BMW Group UK, have come together to lead the design of these new apprenticeships. Under the reforms, employers will create new apprenticeship standards that are intended to better deliver the skills businesses and learners need in order to compete in the global race. New apprentices can expect to take part in reformed apprenticeships as early as the end of 2014. Existing apprentices need not fear that their qualifications are of lesser value. There will be | significant consultation and a phasing in before the new frameworks replace existing ones, which were themselves developed in consultation with employers (including BMW Group and some of the others working to create the new methodology). Eight sector-based ‘Trailblazer’ projects, supported by Lord Sainsbury’s Gastby Foundation, have already “signed up” to lead the first phase of the apprenticeship standard design. They are: aerospace; automotive; digital industries; electro technical, energy and utilities; financial services; food and drink manufacturing and life sciences & industrial sciences.

Apprenticeships currently include: a competence qualification, a knowledge qualification (they can be combined into one) functional skills (mandatory at Intermediate and Advanced only) employment rights and responsibilities (mandatory at Intermediate and Advanced only) personal learning and thinking skills (mandatory at Intermediate and Advanced only)

Employers who take on an apprentice aged between 16-24 can get a subsidy (in some cases up to £1500) More than 100,000 employers, in over 160,000 workplaces, currently use Apprenticeships in the UK. In Scotland they are called Modern Apprenticeships Pre- apprenticeship programmes called Traineeships have been introduced in England to prepare those aged 16 to 18 and qualified below level 3 (or 19 up to 23 and have not yet achieved a full level 2) who have been applying unsuccessfully for Apprenticeship vacancies due to a lack of skills or experience

Apprenticeship facts:

There is no set rate of pay for apprentices, however all employed apprentices must receive a wage of no less than £2.68 per hour, the average wage per week for an apprentice is now around £170.

At the moment there are 208 different potential apprenticeships available in England.

Breda Leyne ESquared Breda is a member of the InspireEducation team

These are at different levels so that means there are 336 different choices: Intermediate and Advanced apprenticeship frameworks (L2/3) Higher Apprenticeship frameworks (L4-7)

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Which sector recruited the highest number of permanent staff Engineering Blue Collar Nursing/Medical/Care Construction IT & Computing Accounting/Financial Secretarial/Clerical Hotel & Catering Executive/Professional Engineering Blue Collar Nursing/Medical/Care Construction IT & Computing Accounting/Financial Secretarial/Clerical Hotel & Catering Executive/Professional 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 October Report on Jobs. We would like to thank the REC for their support to YEUK and for allowing us to share this data.

Staff appointments continued to grow throughout October

The number of vacancies has risen at the fastest pace since June 2007

Permanent starting salaries have risen again in October

The number of available candidates seeking work through recruitment agencies continues to fall Which sector recruited the highest number of permanent staff 1. Engineering 2. Construction 3. IT & Computing 4. Executive/Professional 5. Nursing/Medical/Care 6. Accounting/Financial 7. Secretarial/Clerical 8. Blue Collar 9. Hotel & Catering

Which sector recruited the highest number of temporary staff 1. Engineering 2. Blue Collar 3. Nursing/Medical/Care 4. Construction 5. IT & Computing 6. Accounting/Financial 7. Secretarial/Clerical 8. Hotel & Catering 9. Executive/Professional

WHAT SKILLS WERE IN DEMAND OR IN SHORT SUPPLY? Accountancy/Financial: Accountancy, Finance, Insurance, Purchase ledger, Tax. Construction: Project managers, Quantity surveyors. Engineering: CAD/CAM designers, General engineering, Mechanical, Rail, Revit technicians, Utilities, Water. Executive/Professional: Legal, Managers, Marketing. IT/Computing: Business analysts, Developers, Digital marketing, Infrastructure, Java, PHP, Support. Nursing/Medical/Care: RGNs, RMNs. Other: Creative designers, Sales. 10

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To have your event listed for free in the emagazine it needs to be free for 16 – 24 year olds to attend and aimed at helping them to gain new skills for work or to find work opportunities themselves. If you want to advertise your Open Days, have a larger event listing or advertise your organisation in general please see our advertising rate card. Please send your event details (including date, a brief description, location, target audience and how you may be contacted for further information) to: emag@yeuk.org.uk YEUK MAGAZINE 11 Please note we accept no responsibility for the reliability or quality of the events listed and cannot publish any notices of cancellations or change of details.


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Did you know that in 2012 one in four employers employed someone from the 16-24 age group? This month we’re taking a look at employers - what they could actively do to help bridge the gap.

Here’s YEUK’s TOP TIPS ten for employers.... 1, Lack of experience is a barrier facing many young people, it should go without saying; school leavers are not likely to have had time to gain experience in the workforce. Look past that and see what the applicant has donein their school years. 2, CVs that aren’t cutting the mustard... setting up a response email that will put the applicant on the right track to getting some good CV advice is a responsible thing you can do to help applicants. 3, Become Youth Friendly, let YEUK help you reduce the gap... 4, Lack of confidence at interviews is a problem for some unemployed young people. Don’t add to it. Engage in your current younger workforce and identify those that could take on the role of interviewer. 5, Be realistic with your expectations. Understand what you can really expect from an employee that will hit the ground running and who will be the future of your business. 6, Advertising current vacancies can be costly – research shows that recruitment agencies are a valuable source for vetting and enabling younger applicants to get through the door. Money saved here could be used more effectively elsewhere. 7, Become an employer mentor with YEUK ( see website for details ). This programme is evolving into an inspiring resource for both employers and young people. 8, Engage with social media - get to know how the world of social networking operates online for young people. 9, Actively engage in visiting schools. Don’t leave it to the education system to roll out perfect candidates for you to employ. Start your youth engagement early by supporting your local school with their careers programme. 10, If taking on a youth is a high risk to your business, ask yourself why and be proactive in reducing the risks e.g. by researching on government sites and taking on an apprentice thus lessening the responsibility and financial costs. At YEUK we are aware that it is very much a three dimensional problem: between education, the youth and the employer. Employers hold the key in reducing the gap and by becoming youth friendly it could make the difference for your business. Statistically, there are nearly a million young people not in employment, education or training (NEET’s) in the UK. The health and wealth costs are incalculable and for everyone involved it is very much a social risk and also a moral question “What are you doing to become youth friendly?”

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Youth Employment UK has teamed up with some of our great supporters to create the most exciting youth employment competition ever!

Quiz question Q. According to the REC which sector recruited the most permanent employees in October?

We are giving away 3 opportunities for our young members to win a day’s work shadow experience with some really high profile people. This experience will give you the chance to see how the pros do it, gain behind the scenes access and present you with a unique networking opportunity maybe within the career field of your dreams. You can choose: A day with Skills Minister Matthew Hancock MP. A day with CEO Charlotte Hill from the national charity UK Youth. A day with Northampton Saints a top commercial rugby club.

A) Hotel & Catering B) IT & Computing C) Engineering Entries must be emailed to admin@yeuk. org.uk by the 22nd of December. Winners will be announced in the January e-Magazine. Days out will take place during the month of February when it is possible for the professional to have you along shadowing. Travel expenses will be paid however you will not be compensated for loss of pay on the day. Please ensure that you are able to attend during that month, if there are any queries please contact admin@yeuk.org.uk For full competition terms and conditions please email admin@yeuk.org,uka

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• 1 in 5 Young people are currently unemployed. • This has a knock on effect for all of us.

• We do not think it is good enough for a 21st century UK!

There is a lot going on in youth unemployment. Lots of organisations trying to support young people, lots of employers who want to help, lots of initiatives, lots of young people looking for help. But no one joins the dots until...

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Careers Education Programmes InspireEducation has developed 6 programmes that aim to motivate students about the world of work and teach them the skills they need to manage their own careers independently. All of our programmes are mapped to the principles of Statutory Impartial Advice and Guidance and the recommendations of the Matrix Standard. Furthermore of all our trainers are CRB checked and undergo regular CPD to support their development and expertise.

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Range Of Careers Education InspireEducation has an expertise in all things work related learning. We can offer bespoke programmes to suit the needs of individual education organisations. We can offer the following types of events and ensure that their cost and learning outcomes meet your personalised needs: • Careers Fairs • Work Related Learning Events • Impartial Advice and Guidance Programmes • Enterprise Days All of our programmes meet the highest standards that you will come to expect when working with InspireEducation. Inspirational Careers and Employability Specialists Careers Workshops – Next Steps, Employable Me, CV Writing, Interview Preparation Personal Development Programmes – Goal Setting, Motivation and Aspiration, Employability Skills Enterprise Events . Work Related Learning Days . FREE Careers Resources for Schools CE/IAG CPD Events . Employability Award for Schools

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This month we say a huge thank you to university student Alessia (24) from London Alessia told us how she made the job market work for her! In September 2011, after 3 years navigating university with an anxiety disorder, I decided that it was time to give up on the idea I would ever achieve what I expected from myself there. I wanted to move to London. I needed the money and there was only one thing I knew I was good at…writing. This is how my career started. I would freeze facing the professors in person but trying to win clients through freelancing websites wasn’t so bad. Wasn’t long before I found something that put together two things I was really passionate about sci-fi and opera so I decided to apply for the gig even though I had no experience other than writing. Getting experience matters and I don’t regret it! Freelancing wasn’t my aspiration, no matter how much people around me idolised being an entrepreneur, the general feeling that people dismiss you if you are fine being employed by others. As if you are just someone with no aspirations, or who doesn’t have the courage to follow them. I don’t believe that’s true; each of us has our own aspirations! Freelancing gave me the opportunity to build experience to present to employers but my aspiration was still to get into a company. In the end, experience is what matters and I don’t regret getting it on my own terms. I think it is important to be proactive. I have a CV crafted using InDesign that has got my foot through doors. I went to interviews that either revolved around that or my blog. Once you’re there, even if you are one of 10 selected from around 200 people, employers are all about “what you bring to the job”. Experience is tricky these days as it’s easy to fall into the trap of the unpaid internship. I tried to get paid employment when I was living off my inheritance; it made it harder to get a job. Even when they appreciated my previous work I still didn’t have experience in an agency. It took me a year from starting. It was supposed to be an apprenticeship, It turned out not to be. My depression and anxiety returned, I carried on because I was scared of being unemployed. Eventually I lost the job. Reflecting on the cause of my dissatisfaction, I decided to try volunteering and I found VInspired. Volunteering helped me overcome my dissatisfaction, doing good for society... I became one of their Team v Leaders. Through them I’ve done projects and occasional work for companies who do “good for society “. It opened up the door to a career that I’m sure will be fulfilling and exciting! It also gave me the confidence to reapply to university for my first choice of course and to get a place.

To get the most out of a discussion with a careers advisor it is important to do some careful preparation in advance. For a guidance session to be really productive, it’s important that you approach it in the right frame of mind. What this means is being actively engaged in the conversation – not just sitting back passively and expecting the advisor to do all the work. Make some notes to aid the process. You might decide to make a list of the main issues or questions that you need help with. Perhaps you could divide them into two headings i.e. “things I need more information about” and “decisions or choices I need to make”. If you have put together a CV, it might also help if you dig this out and look it over the day before the meeting to check if it is still current or needs updating. This will focus your mind and may lead to you adding other ideas or issues to your list. Don’t worry if you haven’t already got a CV, you can make a start on this after the meeting (read last month’s e-Mag for tips). For now, jot down information using the following headings: My educational history – schools or colleges attended with dates.Jobs or work experience I have done or am doing (with approximate dates).

My qualifications - if it is GCSEs, for example, list the subjects and grades and the date (month/year) you took the exams. My Strong Points - This can be anything at all that you are good at, have achieved or have a special ability/interest in or knowledge of. Possible Future Careers/Jobs – these could be very general ideas like “making or repairing things”, “helping and caring for people” or they might be specific jobs. Write them down even if you’re not sure. Nobody is going to hold you to your choices and it will help the advisor to ask appropriate questions and steer things in the right direction. Then, if it is possible, do some basic research online into your main areas of interest. For example:You’re considering the possibility of a career in nursing – visit the NHS Careers site You are keen to improve your qualifications – look up the various kinds of courses on offer at your local college or find out more about how you apply for apprenticeships You will find links to all kinds of useful sites at http://www.careersadviceforparents.org/p/ site-links.html Finally, please remember to mention it if you have any health difficulties, disability or sensory impairment as such things may have a bearing on future options. Examples of things an advisor would want to know about include colour blindness, chronic asthma, poor eyesight or hearing, skin complaints like eczema, allergies like hay fever, diabetes, dyslexia, migraine attacks etc.

Reducing the Skills Gap is a young person led training programme that improves the development of employability skills in young people. The programme was designed to meet the needs of both employers and young people following research into youth unemployment which was carried out in 2012 by the North East Youth Network (NEYN) - a forum run by the Regional Youth Work Unit (North East) which brings young people together from different projects around the region. The programme was piloted in early 2013 in two localities in the north and south of the region; in Tyne and Wear and Darlington. The three-week programme was conducted on a voluntary basis and incorporated five sessions delivered by a group of young people addressing six key skills which employers cited as lacking in some young people today. These six skills were: communication, commitment, professionalism, motivation, time management and teamwork. The programme was then rounded off with a placement within a workplace setting. The participants’ progress was tracked via a skills questionnaire and each young person attended an interview with an employer at the start and also the end of the programme. Employer engagement was one of the key challenges faced by Reducing the Skills Gap but through the positive working relationships the NEYN established with Job Centre Plus, the Trade Union Congress, and Business in the Community work experience opportunities within sectors where participants had a real interest were secured for all trainees. Key outcomes from the programme included a 100% retention rate and, encouragingly, 58% of participants went on to secure full-time or part-time employment after completing the course. Overall, feedback from the participants and the placement hosts was extremely positive, and what sets Reducing the Skills Gap apart from other existing employability programmes is the fact it has been developed and delivered by young people, some of whom have first-hand experience of the issue. Members of the NEYN who were involved in the delivery of the programme are now looking at rolling the programme model out across the region and are exploring new partnership opportunities with organisations across the North East. For more information about Reducing the Skills Gap, and to read the programme’s full evaluation report, visit www.rywu.org.uk.


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Here is our guide to some of the best careers advice & next step resources for you

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 info http://www.yeuk.org.uk/. 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 https://dash.bloomfire.com/. Colour Your Success www.colouryoursuccess.com/ Your Career Mentor Bright Track http://www.brighttrack.co.uk/ Revolution Hive www.revolutionhive.com/. Shaw Trust http://www.shaw-trust.org.uk/. We also like Careers Box a website packed with videos showing you the range of careers and opportunities on offer http://www.careersbox.co.uk/ and Careers Advice for Parents and Young People which covers all the bases in simple bite-sized articles http://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. http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/. Also have a look at our members websites;

The Apprenticeship Guide http://www.apprenticeshipguide.co.uk/ Baltic Training http://www.balticapprenticeships.com/

ApprenticeSupermarket www.apprenticesupermarket.com Apprenticeship4England www.apprenticeships4england.info.

University or College You can search for thousands of College or Universities through the UCAS website http://search.ucas.com/ and Unistats http://unistats.direct.gov.uk/ Also our education members; Petroc College www.petroc.ac.uk Accross College www.accross.ac.uk. Enterprise Take a look at Princes Trust http://www.princes-trust.org.uk/ Or our friends; Rock Star Youth http://www.rockstaryouth.co.uk/ Young Britain http://www.youngbritain.com/ Employment There are a number of Job Search websites that also advertise vacancies from apprenticeships to internships and graduate employment, take a look at some of these: Universal Jobmatch https://www.gov.uk/jobsearch Or our friends; Future Talent http://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 sign post to them too! emag@yeuk.org.uk


With around 1,000,000 young people not employed, in education or training youth employment is a serious issue not just for today but, without joined-up action, a critical challenge of all of our futures. For young people getting good advice, guidance and support is crucial. Yet, despite the dire circumstances, there is a shortage of official support for careers guidance, work experience and work-skills preparation. It is not only young people that suffer as employers are also short-changed by a system that fails to provide a work-ready supply of eager new talent. Fortunately the response to these issues from the voluntary and youth sector is extremely encouraging and some brilliant outcomes are being achieved by islands of excellence sprinkled across the country. Unfortunately there has been no integration and little leverage of these various support avenues for young people, schools and colleges or indeed employers. To facilitate our youth and all those who need their talent Youth Employment UK is the only not-for-profit campaigning and membership organisation dedicated to bringing everything available to support youth unemployment into one single access point. Through joined-up action Youth Employment UK serves all parties; our youth, those who support their development and all those employing organisations who provide work experience, internships and employment for our young people. To help sustain our highly-rated activities we invite organisations of all sizes to become members of Youth Employment UK. Apart from making a critically important contribution to helping support the development of our young people, members also receive significant benefits that help support their own goals for promotion, recruitment and being great citizens. “My name is Keshav Bhatt and I'm 23 years old. After graduating and doing some travelling I had a crazy idea in my head and was bouncing around looking for how I could transform my passion into a profession. I wanted to create an education curriculum that prepared young people for real life. For the real issues & real life decisions they face. How do we really create a better world if we don't know enough about it? Youth Employment UK has supported me beyond belief.” Holly is an ambassador for Youth Employment UK said “I am lucky, I have always known what I want to do after University and had a natural understanding of how to make that happen. But I know hundreds of fellow students who are now struggling to find their place in the world of work. As a YEUK ambassador I have begun to see all of the amazing opportunities and investment for young people but also see how hard it is to identify when there is so much going on. That is why I am a big supporter of YEUK the work they are doing; their approach is unique and vital if we are to help the unemployed and underemployed youth of today” Marcus Lee, Head of Resourcing and Early in Career at Santander, said: “We were delighted to be offered the opportunity to become prime sponsor of Youth Employment UK. The great work that YEUK does will complement the appetite Santander UK has in creating a greater number of opportunities to support the youth employability agenda” Help UK’s youth, and UK organisations be better prepared for tomorrow’s global challenges and join Santander, ICONI, ACCROSS College, Baltic Training and others in supporting YEUK by becoming a member today.

Visit us online at: www.yeuk.org.uk Call: 08444 143 101 Email: info@yeuk.org.uk

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Digital Bad Hair Days 6 – Photo Perils So far in our monthly series of DBHD horror stories we have looked at some of the consequences of leaving your digital footprint in cyberspace (privacy bloopers), premature circulation (of tweets, texts, emails), inappropriate ranting (about your job, boss, company) and failing to back up your laptop and mobile (bye-bye essay due in tomorrow, holiday photos, contacts). This month it’s photo perils and tagging tantrums.

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E Squared is launching a free tool for young people who are preparing themselves for the world of work. Employability is about having and showing the qualities and skills that will help you with your career when the time is right. This is now available at www.yespassport.me Careers workshops often involve the production of a CV. However it is not always easy to select the experiences that identify the skills that employers want. The YES Passport can be used by anyone logging in the website. The passport identifies a range of desired skills and attributes and gives examples as to how to map these against time in school/ college/ university and experiences and activities outside of education, including work or volunteering experience. The YES Passport is an easy way to evidence skills as they are acquired, describe them and see what might be the gaps. E Squared hopes that those who use the tool will gain some confidence in presenting their skills and identifying opportunities in what is a very competitive market place. It does not replace a CV. Instead it helps to build a better evidenced and more articulate one with a substantial bank of employability skills and attributes than a prospective employer will readily see. The tool is available online. Each user is allocated a unique login to their own passport with a passport style front cover, which opens to an identity page and then to a series of ‘stamps pages’. It has sample CVs and examples as to how the evidence can be used in a selection of CVs. Breda Leyne -ESquared

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One consequence of instant access to the latest apps is that we are being encouraged to live in the now - anytime, any place, anywhere. The latest Nokia adverts make a virtue out of their new mobile phone’s ability to take night shots as though you are in broad daylight. The temptation to click, click, click is irresistible. Then we get prompted to post on Facebook and before we know it that ‘selfie’ that looked good on the dance floor now comes up on Google Images every time someone searches your name. At least SnapChat is instantly disposable. When you get to the workplace, there are fifty shades of grey. If you post a photo online of a colleague on a night out or make a dodgy remark about your employer, the context in which you did it becomes important. Drinks after work with colleagues can be counted as a continuation of being at work. So don’t think your employer can’t act upon it. Not so socialising with a friend from work when there is clear separation from the working day. It gets worse if you tag your colleagues in a photo or video because of the danger of it going viral. It can be irritating if there is too much unsolicited tagging by friends on Facebook, or just to get their photos or messages onto your Wall for your friends to see. To remove a tag, simply open the photo from the album, hover the cursor over your name and click ‘Remove tag’. You can also review tags from your friends before they appear on your timeline – go to Privacy Settings, Timeline and Tagging, Edit Settings – and you can then decide whether or not to approve it and who gets to see it among your friends. Have you ever been tagged in an embarrassing photo?


With rising university fees, studying for a traditional three year law degree is out of the question for many. So what are the alternative options for budding lawyers? The Bargain Degree BPP law school offer a qualifying law degree which is very good value. For only £5,000 a year instead of a whopping £9,000, this is certainly worth looking at! A word of caution howeverlegal employers do tend to prefer a degree from more established universities, so perhaps this will be a safer option in years to come. The all-in-one package Northumbria University currently offer a law degree which combines the conventional LLB with the legal practice professional training course (LPC) and a training contract (given by a law firm when you first join). And it only lasts 5 years! The huge advantage of doing this is that it cuts out the incredibly stressful and competitive process of finding a training contract. Having recently experienced this process myself, I can see how appealing this degree is. But what about the cost? Well, the fees are £8,500 a year with the last year, spent with a law firm, only £4,250. This isn’t bad considering student loans cover all years but, at the same time, it doesn’t really compare to having a training contract at a law firm where they sponsor the LPC and pay an annual salary during training. Apprenticeships Rather than going to university, an apprentice joins a law firm straight from school. They receive on the job training which takes them towards a formal qualification, for example as a legal executive through the Chartered Insitute of Legal Executives (CILEx). The obvious advantage of this is it that it avoids the expense of university tuition fees! So what’s the catch? Although apprentice schemes are on the increase with more law firms introducing them every year, sometimes legal apprentices are not considered to have the same status as lawyers. Nevertheless, this perception is certainly changing in the legal world. If any of this interests you, a good website to get more information is LawCareers.Net - look under the ‘More Law’ section.


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Wondering what to put into your personal statement? With the entry date looming we thought we’d help you out a little... When it has to be in... The 14 of January is the national deadline for those that aren’t October entry such as Oxbridge. Who will read it? Personal statements are read not only by course leaders but also admissions tutors. The increase in applications to universities means that it is more important than ever to stand out from the rest. Personal statements are compared student to student. Some courses face 1000 applicants to 30 positions. What to do if you’re applying for different courses – if the courses are related in some way this may not be so hard. However if you are applying for two completely different courses then you need to be careful as generalising will be too vague. Where you’re applying to - do your research and find out about the links the university has in terms of the career you are going for. Tell them what you know about them and why they are your number one choice. In addition, universities invest a lot in the student social lifestyle so look into what stands out and tell them you’re looking forward to the experience. Why you should keep it simple - give your personal statement a good beginning and end. Like a CV, your personal statement has a lot riding on it so it isn’t really the time to get overly creative. Start on a good strong sentence. To ensure it is actually read not just skimmed, make it easier to read by being concise - the text box holds up to 37 lines or 4000 characters. Make sure what you write is relevant. Think about the reader - what will they be trained to look for; what applications will be considered worthy? Most tutors will want someone who is passionate about their university and course, who has demonstrated in their UCAS statement why they are a stand out applicant and how they are determined to succeed. Always get a critical friend - careers advisor, teacher or parent - to look over your application. Ask them to imagine being the admissions tutor and whether it would get you through to an interview or acceptance.

It’s your time to shine, use it wisely...

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While the UK Government has recently amended the National Curriculum to include a requirement for schools to cover financial education – in Citizenship and Maths lessons – from 2014, the Government has not introduced a similar requirement for enterprise education. This decision now looks like a big mistake, particularly as the case for putting enterprise education on the National Curriculum has grown significantly in recent months. For example, a report published in September – prepared by businessman Jamie Mitchell for the Labour Party’s ‘Youth Jobs Taskforce’ – argued that schools should do more to bring enterprise and employability in to their school’s extra-curriculum activities and to embed it in their curriculum. In October, a ‘Manifesto for Youth Enterprise’ was released by the RSA and the Royal Bank of Scotland’s Inspiring Enterprise initiative, making a similar call for enterprise-related learning to be embedded throughout the school curriculum as well as in FE/HE courses.

Research published in October by business education charity Young Enterprise found that an overwhelming 92% of the UK employers they surveyed wanted enterprise education to be part of the National Curriculum. For many years, employers have complained about how unprepared young people are for the workplace. To help tackle youth unemployment we need to start bridging this gap between young people, the education system and employers. This can be done by ensuring that from now on young people are taught about business and enterprise in school – whether that is to help them set up their own business, or to help them understand the businesses that they end up applying for jobs with. If the last couple of months are anything to go by, the case for this reform will keep growing – and I hope it does. Andrew Taggart runs The Found Generation, a youth-led campaign group on youth unemployment, and is on the Advisory Board of Youth Employment UK

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Do you have the Motivation to be an Entrepreneur? Knowledge and skill alone can’t ensure success. The motivation that drives you will! This month at we have put together a list of “entrepreneurial skills” – see how many you can tick off! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Initiative: are you an innovator, do you want to do something different? Looking for opportunities: ready to exploit these for the good of the business? Persistence: do you have the ability to TRY- TRY again? Information seeker: always have your eyes open and receptive to new ideas? Quality consciousness: do you believe in excellence, is it reflected in everything you do? 6. Commitment to work: make all the sacrifices to honour commitments? 7. Commitment to efficiency: always keen to evolve and try new methods? 8. Proper planning: believe in developing relevant and realistic plans? 9. Problem solver: have the ability to fully understand the problem and how to solve it? 10. Self confident: have full faith in your own knowledge, ability and skill? 11. Assertive: believe in your own abilities and decisions so others can believe in them? 12. Persuasive: have sound and logical reasoning to motivate others? 13. Effective monitoring: ensure that goals are achieved, in the best possible manner? 14. Employee welfare: take a personal interest in solving problems confronting workers? 15. Effective strategist: the ability to devise strategies to stay ahead of the competition?

How many on the list can you cross off? Are you the next highly successful entrepreneur?

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also might uncover some need-to-know questions that need further investigation.

Here’s YEUK’s top 10 tips on getting into Midwifery! There is a shortage of midwives in the UK. Positions are in high demand (course fees and bursaries are paid by the NHS) but intake of student midwives is based on perceived workforce needs. Students have to be supported by qualified staff and if there isn’t anyone in position to teach them recruitment gets tighter . So competition is tough and each applicant needs to stand out - it is not unusual to have 1000 applicants for 30 training vacancies. 1. 2.

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There is no minimum entry requirement to get into pre – registration. However Science, English and Numeracy are very important. There are alternatives for students who don’t quite make the grade or who don’t venture down the straight academic route. You need to get along to your local college and ask about top up or access courses. There are no age limits in Midwifery - if it’s something you have always wanted to do why not NOW?! Open days at Universities are held throughout the year and dates are on their web sites. Good people skills in this field are paramount! Obtain some work experience in a maternity unit or in a health or social care setting. Talk to an experienced midwife and find out what skills they think are important, and how they would recommend getting into this profession. The NHS is a great place to work, and they really invest in developing their staff, so you might start in one role but progress with support into something like midwifery. Throughout your study, support is available from both the NHS and the University - make sure you tap into what support and contacts you can. Build these contacts up and make sure you keep in touch with people you meet along the way. Find out about all the options within midwifery. You never know - there may be an advanced specialism you become passionate about which you had never heard of before! Find out about university links. If you wish to work abroad when you qualify, look into which university has such connections. In addition, find out online which countries recognise the qualification from your preferred university. Visit the NHS Careers web site. This is packed with information from entry routes to job descriptions. This will help broaden your knowledge but

More about the role and the sector Hours of work once qualified are typically 37 hours a week covering days, nights and weekends and public holidays. You could be split between GP surgeries, hospitals and in the community. A qualified midwife’s income starts at around £21,388 in the NHS. As an experienced midwife this could rise to around £34,500 PA. Team managers and higher level midwives earn between £30,000 and £40,000 pa. Midwife consultants earn around £67,000 pa. Extra allowances can be earned for additional responsibilities, length of service and geographical location. Further training and development is needed once you have qualified and you must renew your registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) every three years. To renew you must: have worked a minimum of 450 hours show that you are developing your knowledge and competence show that you are keeping your skills up to date complete a minimum of 35 hours of professional study keep records of your professional development. See the NMC site for further information. Midwifery is a part of the health sector - one of the largest employers in the UK. The health sector workforce represents 5.5% of the working age population and 7.3% of those of working age currently in employment. 56% of the work force have higher education qualifications. https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/advice/ planning/jobprofiles/Pages/midwife.aspx http://www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/ http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/Students/816.aspx http://www.nmc-uk.org/Registration/Staying-on-theregister/Renewing-your-current-registration/ http://www.rcm.org.uk/college/your-career/want-tobe-a-midwife/

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Do you excite future employers? What you put in the “Hobby Section” on your CV says a lot about you! How you spend your free time is of great interest to an employer. it’s what tells them who you are, how interesting you might be, what extra value you could add to their business and much more... • Going to the cinema • Listening to music • Socialising • Going to festivals These Hobbies Team Sports Team member at a local club or group Volunteering

Might Say This About You Committed, team player, leadership, physically fit, quick thinking, competitive Responsible, fun, active, organisational skills, people skills Socially responsible, empathetic, invested in local issues, campaigner

Think about what you write and what it says about you. Read the person specification carefully and match across to it where you can… “I have been a volunteer youth ambassador for YEUK for two years. As a volunteer I am given the opportunity to attend events, get involved in and lead projects, campaign on youth unemployment issues and write for the e-magazine.” All of a sudden you are: committed, hardworking, organised, creative and socially responsible. A real asset to a future employer! You should never lie on your CV, but you can get involved now in the sort of hobbies and interests that might give you an added advantage when job searching.

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youth unemployment’ The Holiday Inn, Birmingham City Centre Early Bird Discounts available Engage, Enable, Empower and Employ NEETs NTRL invites you to join us at our 8th Annual National NEET conference and allow your organisation the opportunity to be a part of the solution to the immense challenge posed by UK unemployment. Official figures still show that 2.49 million people aged 16 and over are unemployed, of these 1.09 million 16-24 year olds were Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) in the second quarter of 2013, virtually unchanged from January to March 2013, but down 104,000 from a year earlier, according to the Office for National Statistics. Building on the successes of our previous conferences, this one day conference will once again provide delegates with an exciting opportunity to hear from young people and key stakeholders from across education, public, private and third sectors. KEY SPEAKERS AND APPROACHES INCLUDE: Mike Thompson, Head of Employability programmes, Barclays UK Retail and Business Banking (UK RBB) & Constance Nafuna, Young Ambassador - ‘Work-based learning for NEET’s – Barclays UK solution’ Rifaat Foufa, Director of Social Enterprise, Gazelle Colleges - “Earn as you learn” bringing education and business together to tackle

Dr Robin Simmons, Professor of Education at the University of Huddersfield - ‘Reclaiming the Disengaged: The case for a Youth Resolution’ Phil Treleven, Director of UK Services & Tony Lucas, Operations Officer, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards - ‘Using the DofE programme to improve outcomes with NEETs’ Laura-Jane Rawlings, Founder at Youth Employment UK (YEUK) - ‘Supporting lifelong employability and career management skills’ Keshav Bhatt, Founder of Revolution Hive and Youth Employment UK (YEUK) Youth Ambassador - ‘Youth Enterprise: How I started my business from my bedroom for £15’ Dorothy Hodgson, Contracts and Partnerships Manager, Inspire Education Business Partnership – ‘The Inspire: 16 – 19 ESF NEET Programme 2011 – 2015’ Gareth Davies, Director, Portal Training & Consultancy and Young Ambassadors – ‘SWEET – Succeeding with education, employment and training’ Craig Browne, Funding Consultant – ‘Positive Outcomes: Grant Funding for Social Inclusion Projects’ To register and for full information please visit www.national-training.com/neet2014

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Youth Employment e-Magazine November  

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