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aspect.co.uk joins forces with Bauer and O2 to help the young unemployed on Wed 29th May, 2013
“Youth training is an issue I have campaigned hard to improve for many years,” said Will Davies – managing director and co-founder of property maintenance and refurbishment company aspect.co.uk
“We all know that young people trying to find their way in the world of work are having an incredibly tough time at the moment. aspect.co.uk is proud to be able to contribute to the work being carried out by Go Think Big,” he said.
Go Think Big is a social action partnership created last autumn to help young people (aged between 16 and 25) develop their work skills and improve their employability. It is a one-stop shop that provides helpful ideas, advice and support to kick-start young careers.
“There are over one million young unemployed in this country and they are becoming totally demoralised by the job market. They have to be given confidence in the training and apprenticeships we can offer them. Otherwise, we will be dealing the financial ramifications of our failure for decades to come,” said Mr Davies – who was an investment banker before creating his property maintenance company.
“We will be pooling our employment experience with Go Think Big and providing advice and work experience days. We have developed our own programme of apprentice boot camps to recruit young employees and our next event will become a Go Think Big sponsored programme,” said Mr Davies who has been a long time campaigner for a return to traditional apprenticeships for young people.
The team at Go Think Big have all been recruited from UK youth brands (Kiss, heat, Kerrang!, Grazia among others) and each one of them struggled at some point to achieve the relevant skills for their chosen employment path. Their aim is to produce work opportunities, genuine skills training and an advice packed website that is relevant to young people.
“I can only urge other employers that if they can give young people an opportunity to demonstrate how keen they are to work; they will be astonished with the results,” said Mr Davies – who was a vocal supporter of the Richard Review into apprenticeships which concluded that the definition of apprenticeship had been ‘stretched too far’ and that schemes which only lasted a few weeks were incapable of providing real skills.
aspect.co.uk has organised a series of apprentice boot camps to select candidates for their own fully-paid trade apprenticeships. Youngsters were put through a series of fitness, literacy and numeracy tests.
“The individuals who were prepared to contribute the most to a boot camp were the individuals who aspect.co.uk benefited most from employing,” said Mr Davies.
John Price, Hillgrove PR.
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