NORTH EAST Small/Medium Sized Enterprises are being encouraged to engage with the extensive pool of young talent in the region by offering young people positive experiences of the working world this summer.
The figurehead of Generation NE, a new landmark youth employment programme in the North East, is urging SMEs to connect with the next generation of employees to future-proof their workforce and enhance their business offering, whilst providing young people with valuable work experience.
Councillor Grant Davey, employability and inclusion lead for the Combined Authority and leader of Northumberland County Council, says small to medium-sized businesses have the opportunity to develop local talent right here in the region, by offering young people an insight into the day-to-day running of their businesses, helping to build upon their knowledge and skillset.
He said: “Investing in the workforce of tomorrow is one of the most effective ways for companies to future-proof their business. Young people are eager to be given opportunities to learn in a working environment and can bring fresh, new ideas to the table.
“It’s a win-win situation for both businesses and young people. Businesses can benefit from an extra pair of hands during busy spells, capitalising on the enthusiastic approach to work a young person has, and young people can gain valuable experience of the workplace, picking up new skills, developing their knowledge and growing in confidence.
“Generation NE can help businesses to make the connection with young people by working with them to provide a simplified, coordinated and tailor-made package of high quality support as well as one-to-one advice on how they can increase the opportunities that they offer to young people.
“I urge any business who is interested in offering the talented youngsters we have right here in the region a chance to shine through work experience to get in touch with Generation NE to find out how they can make the process as easy and streamlined as possible.”
Through a team of dedicated business advisors, Generation NE offers SMEs a free tailored and impartial service that will allow them to make connections with young people seeking employment, in the right way, with continued support.
Generation NE is a collaboration between five local authorities, including Newcastle, Durham, Gateshead, North Tyneside and Northumberland, and the North East LEP.
North East SMEs looking to make the connection with young people, whether it’s for recruitment purposes or to offer work experience, can find out more information by visiting www.generationNE.co.uk or by calling 0191 230 0491.
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