New findings from the Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress report show work experience is rated as the top global factor in helping young people get a job.
The report, which gauges young people’s attitude to employability across the world, adds to the weight of evidence suggesting a lack of work experience is the biggest barrier to young people getting a foot on the career ladder.
Findings suggest employers need to be more forthcoming with opportunities, and schools and colleges need to build better links with businesses to give their students access to workplaces.
At Career Ready we’ve been working with employers across a range of sectors to help better prepare young people for the world of work, through our programme of masterclasses, mentoring and experiences of work. Internships and work experience, alongside workplace visits and workshops, play a vital role.
Since we started, it’s become even harder for young people to navigate their way through what was once a career ladder, and is now a career scaffold. That’s why we work with colleges to build bridges between them and employers and bring to life their students’ studies.
We work in a range of sectors – from finance to construction – and are particularly determined to address skills gap in industries where this is critical, including construction and engineering. To this end, our award winning project Think Logistics is helping the logistics industry address the pressing need to recruit young people, while dispelling some of the myths behind logistics careers and exposing the many opportunities in the sector to young people.
We currently have nine logistics centres at schools and colleges in the UK, including Collab members St Helens College and South Essex College, and we’ve generated wide support for the initiative within the industry. Our objective is to have 50 logistics centres in place by 2019.
For college’s the benefits of engaging with employers are obvious – you must provide experiences of work to young people and our programme offers students meaningful interactions with people from in industry. But there are also many benefits for employers – we’ve worked with our logistics sponsors and supporters including DHL, the FTA, the RHA, CILT, DAF Trucks, the National Logistics Academy, Travis Perkins, Bidvest, Eddie Stobart, Manpower, Royal Mail, Wincanton and Bright House to help them build a pipeline of talented future employees with the skills they need.
South Essex College launched the first Think Logistics centre in the South East in 2016. Mark Bentley, Logistics Course Leader at the college, said:
We’re offering students a unique learning experience in an industry that is growing rapidly in the local area. The Think Logistics programme, alongside the other courses and opportunities we offer in logistics, will help our students get ready for the world of work.
We are also working with logistics employers to deliver Think Logistics workshops to 1,000 young people every year, giving young people a flavour of the industry and what they can expect from a logistics career.
One of our students on the programme at Stockton Riverside College, Jordan Hunter, said: “The workplace visits to logistics companies have changed my view on logistics and my internship gave me many transferable skills such as problem solving, communication and team working.”
Think Logistics is going from strength to strength and our successes so far have seen us awarded with the Motor Transport Award for Partnerships and the SHD Logistics Award for Future Skills. We’ve reached hundreds of young people with news about logistics and we’re aiming to reach thousands more over the next few years to give young people that vital experience they need to take the first steps to career success.
For More Information
If you’re interested in finding out more about Career Ready or the Think Logistics initiative, please contact Sandra Baxter , Think Logistics Project Manager, or visit Career Ready or Think Logistics.
Collab Group is a proud partner of Career Ready