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#Prospects2014: Join the campaign to recruit local young people

12 December 2014

In October, Prospects launched its new campaign, 18 Works, which connects companies across Yorkshire and the Humber with young local talent.

The campaign aims to reduce youth unemployment in the region, where more than one in five young people aged 18-24 are unemployed (figures from Office for National Statistics) and yet in the same region nearly 10% of vacancies in administration and just over 8% of caring roles remained unfilled last year, according to the National Careers Service.

18 Works is a free service linking employers who have vacancies with young people wanting work. Employers simply submit their vacancies to the 18 Works website. Vacancies are then promoted to young people via the website, social media and through the 18 Works team’s extensive network of schools, universities and other organisations working with young people.

Jenny Cryer, Prospects’ Regional Operations Director, said, “18 Works is about connecting untapped young talent in Yorkshire and the Humber with the region’s employers. Doing the right thing for our region’s young people is also the right thing for the region’s businesses - this is a classic win-win.”

Potential benefits to employers in the region are supported by national statistics from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which show that 90% of businesses that employ an 18-24 year old said it had been a positive experience. 32% of employers said this was due to the young person’s ability to be moulded; a further 30% said it was because of their enthusiasm, and 20% said the young person’s willingness to learn was the biggest factor of success. The CIPD has linked employing young people with a company’s ability to grow, saying: “If you actively engage with young people now, you can start to build a strong pipeline of future talent, which can help put you ahead of your competitors and ultimately secure your future growth”.

Join the campaign by visiting the 18 Works website, follow on Twitter, or contact Jenny Cryer on 01274 377800 or by email.

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