At the end of May, current Year 11 and Year 13 students will leave their schools and colleges for the final time. With no formal examinations this summer, this will mark the end of school/college life for many students as they consider their next steps.

The Lancashire Careers Hub are calling for the county’s employers to consider their recruitment needs in advance of this influx of new talent into the world of work and act now to create and promote their apprenticeship, trainee and other vacancies.

They’re asking businesses to publicise their vacancies on social media using the hashtags #inspiringlancashire and #upskillinglancashire. Employers can also commit to engaging with young people and supporting their education by signing up to the Lancashire Skills Pledge at: https://www.lancashireskillshub.co.uk/lancashire-skills-pledge/.

Dr Michele Lawty-Jones, Director of Lancashire Skills and Employment Hub, said:

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, to engage members in the work of the Careers Hub to boost the aspirations of our young people and to ensure that Lancashire employers are able to showcase local job opportunities and engage their future talent pipeline.

“The time is now for our 2021 school and college leavers, and we are jointly encouraging local employers to consider their recruitment needs with a view to growing their own talent by engaging a younger person.

“By signing up to the Lancashire Skills Pledge employers will be given support to get involved in engaging young people in school and college and to investigate different options for training, such as Apprenticeships”.

Miranda Barker, Chief Executive Officer at East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, added:

“We know from our own and our member’s experiences the value a young person can bring to an organisation.

“We’re delighted to support this initiative and encourage all our members and Lancashire businesses to look now at their recruitment needs for the summer – and whether they can benefit from recruiting a local school leaver.

“There is also a wealth of support available to employers looking to create new positions for the next generation of workers, and we can signpost any business to local providers who can ensure a seamless transition for the young person and maximise the support for the employer.”

Parents and carers of young people are also urged to search for the #inspiringlancashire and #upskillinglancashire hashtags and encourage young people to engage with the wealth of exciting business opportunities that exist in Lancashire.

Businesses can work with the Lancashire Careers Hub to inspire students and support schools as an Enterprise Adviser.

A virtual brunch is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 25th May, 10:00-11:00 for businesses to learn more about the role and hear from some existing Enterprise Advisers on their experiences.

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