When asked what they look for in young people employers will identify important skills and attributes that are important to their business.
In 2015 the Confederation of British Industry (an organisation representing business) worked with Pearson (A research and publishing business) and asked the question ‘What are the most important factors in recruiting school and college leavers?’
- 85% said a young persons attitude towards work;
- 63% their aptitude for work;
- 44% basic literacy and numeracy.
In other words they want young people with a positive attitude, willing to be adaptable and flexible at work. This is something that Rushcliffe Borough Council and NGi (UK) Limited understand. The Community Team at Rushcliffe put the well being of young people at the centre of their operations running the unique YouNG programme, this helps organise local work experience opportunites and provides an innovative initiative that allows young people to develop the skills employer’s value.
On Saturday 2nd December young people demonstrated all these qualities and more. They set up their own business, successfully went through a selection process that asked them to explain their business idea, attended training and then spent their time and money to make products for the business.
At a professional farmers/craft market held on Central Avenue in West Bridgford they sold their products to the 6,000+ people who attended it as customers. The businesses started trading just after 10am in the morning and were still selling at 5pm in the evening. With them and doing the same thing were young people from Italy, Poland and Slovakia giving our part of the market an international flavour.
Those involved all made a profit and can now demonstrate to employers or universities a wide range of skills and attributes that they value. They showed a positive attitude, ability to organise themselves; worked successfully with customers, came up with good ideas, problem solved and were creative leading up to the market and on the day. They showed initiative in taking action by running their own business, and were resilient by not giving up and trying to sell their products right until the last minute.
Rushcliffe Borough Council were delighted with their efforts with Councilors and senior representatives commenting on how well the young people performed. Rushcliffe Borough Council's Deputy Leader Cllr Debbie Mason said: "Rushcliffe Borough Council is committed to giving today's young people the necessary employability skills and attributes to succeed in tomorrow's business world. "The young people who participated over the weekend got the opportunity to hone these skills and learn valuable business lessons that they will remember for years to come. We were very proud of their achievement and wish them every success in their future business endeavours."
Managing Director of NGi (UK) Limited, David Drury said "These young people, have demonstrated the skills that employers want. They’ve impressed everyone who visited them on the day. We’ve been inundated with positive comments from members of the public about their conduct, customer service and quality of products produced". NGi and Rushcliffe Borough Council firmly believe that the young people involved have evidenced for all to see why they would be an excellent employee or student at university.
The next stage is an awards evening at the Council offices to recognise the efforts of those involved. On the day we will announce which young people will travel to Poznan in Poland to represent the area and UK at a major family market and event in May 2018. This will be, an all expenses paid trip; that will develop international trading skills and help the young people to further impress employers and universities.
NGi would like to commend the young people involved as excellent ambassadors of their schools. We learnt so much about them; to us they are ‘YouNG, Gifted and Very Talented.’ Well done!