With more than half a million companies struggling to fill vacancies, yet still high youth unemployment, educational and business settings need to take a more active role in helping prepare young people with the skills and attitudes needed in the world of work. Beyond filling this skills gap, they need to constantly innovate and change to retain a competitive edge in a dynamic market and young people are uniquely placed to address both issues.
While many organisations see the value of engaging young people, it can still be a challenge to find and retain talent. With today’s 7 to 13-year olds already thinking about what their future jobs might be and 14 to 25-year olds already forming their attitudes about employers and work, that engagement needs to start earlier than you might expect.
Employability skills are important because the labour market is intensely competitive, and employers are looking for people who are flexible, take the initiative and have the ability to undertake a variety of tasks in different environments. This course aims to support you in not only recognising which skills are most desirable among employers, but how you can build on them day to day.