West Midlands businesses to invest in young talent

West Midlands businesses to invest in young talent

West Midlands businesses are being encouraged to invest in the region’s young talent in a bid to avoid unfilled vacancies in the future.

Business in the Community (BITC) is hosting a high-profile debate at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry to look at ways firms can support young people entering work for the first time.

The event, taking place on 28 September, is part of the organisation’s Future Proof campaign which looks at ways companies can remove barriers, improve recruitment processes and make positions more accessible for young people.

Carmen Watson, chairperson of independent recruitment agency Pertemps, and Paul Rowlett, managing director of Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centre (AMTC), will speak to attendees about topics including the new Apprenticeship Levy.

“A recent survey of 4000 young people identified that 1 in 3 found the process of applying for jobs difficult,” explained Grace Mehanna, campaign director of talent & skills for BITC.

“The most common barrier they face was a lack of previous experience according to 57% of respondents, with 26% quoting a failure to have the right qualification as another major concern.”

 “Companies need to recognise these issues and address them as it can be very bad for their reputation. 20% of young people said a poor process put them off the firm, with 1 in 10 saying it blurred the whole image of the industry for them.

“What we want to do with this event is start to unpick some of the underlying trends behind this research and get an insight into what can be done to overcome them and ensure the pipeline of young talent get the opportunities they deserve and firms the skills they need to prosper.”

Backed by the City & Guilds Group, the ‘Future Proof’ campaign combines advice from employers and the latest best practice processes to give companies the chance to attract and develop new talent. 


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