On Monday and Tuesday this week, we held our fourth Milkround School Leavers Employability Fair.
Over 1,000 school and college leavers came through the doors of our headquarters in London Bridge to meet employers and find out about their school leaver and apprenticeship opportunities.
Over twenty clients and partners exhibited, educating the students and teachers of their alternative options to university. These were just a few of the things going on across the two days:
- Presentations from Deliotte
- Q&As with a recent graduate
- CV Workshops
Our clients had the chance to network with school leaver influencers, such as teachers and careers advisers, in addition to enhancing their talent pool by building relationships with top school leaver talent.
Dates of our next events:
– 3rd & 4th February 2016 (London)
– 10th March 2016 (Birmingham)
– 22nd March 2016 (London)
For more information about getting involved in our next event, contact us.
The first UK company has announced plans to extend its apprenticeship programme to over-24s.
Barclays is to introduce Bolder Apprentices – a scheme open to over 24s – in a bid to help make up a shortfall of more than six million workers for UK job vacancies over the next 10 years.
Mike Thompson, Director of Apprenticeships at Barclays, said: “The Government has suggested that based on current employer plans we will need to fill 13.5 million job vacancies in the next ten years, but only seven million young people will leave school and college in that time.
“We have to address this, we have to find alternatives and we have to provide opportunities to unlock the talent that is being underutilised across all age brackets.”
He added: “Once out of work, older workers face a much tougher task to find the opportunities to get back into full employment again. We believe that age or social circumstances shouldn’t be a barrier or deciding factor in finding a viable route to employment. Reskilling can be achieved at any age.
“From today, we want to start a conversation with other businesses to increase collaboration, regardless of sector or industry, to address how we can maximise the valuable contribution older workers make.”
Minister for Pensions, Baroness Altmann welcomed the Barclays Bolder apprenticeship scheme.
She said: “Having a diverse workforce – including an age diverse workforce – enables a business to reflect its customer base; to better understand and better serve its whole range of clients. I am delighted that Barclays has recognised this and is actively seeking to recruit people of all ages.
“As we can look forward to living longer, we need to re-think what ‘old’ looks like – the traditional stereotypes of people over 50 no longer apply. It is never too late to learn new skills, take on new challenges and live life to the full.”
The Local Government Association have recently reported that thousands of teenagers in England are costing the country over £800m per year by dropping out of school or unsuccessfully passing their courses.
Latest figures show 178,100 16 to 18-year-olds failed to complete post-16 qualifications, including A-levels, apprenticeships and further education courses and are at risk of becoming not in employment, education or training (NEET).
Cllr David Simmonds, Chairman of the LGA’s Children and Young People Board, said: “Councils want every young person to achieve their full potential but too many are still dropping out of post-16 education and training or not achieving a passing grade. “Our analysis lays bare the substantial financial cost of this but the human cost is even greater with youngsters left struggling with uncertainty, a sense of failure and facing tough decisions about what to do next. “Councils are having success in helping young people that do drop-out back into learning but fear a failure to reform the centralised ‘bums on seats’ approach to funding further education could leave too many teenagers at risk of dropping out or without the skills needed to get a job. “Local councils, colleges, schools and employers know how to best help their young people and should have devolved funding and powers to work together to give young people the best chance of building careers and taking jobs that exist locally.”
– See more at: http://www.local.gov.uk/web/guest/media-releases/-/journal_content/56/10180/6951000/NEWS#sthash.3GpLo2ul.dpuf
The Milkround School Leavers Employability Fair is back!
Following a very successful fair in October, we’re back for more.
On the 6th March 2015, six hundred 16-18 year olds will be visiting Milkround HQ in London Bridge to meet and chat to a variety of employers.
Employers can exhibit and promote their opportunities, give presentations and engage with the influential teachers and tutors of London’s young talent.
Flyer for school leaver fair