Some people might assume that a young person is unemployed because they lack skills and motivation, and that they simply need to ‘work harder’ and make personal changes in order to get a job. These kinds of assumptions, that narrowly focus on the young person, don’t consider the structural and contextual factors that shape the lives of marginalised people. This also makes it hard to support young people into work and make the most of their talent, leaving all of us worse off.
That's why we created an Inclusive Employment Toolkit which offers introductory insight into why young people are often excluded from the workplace and how employers can make small changes to become more inclusive in their practice and improve their organisations through inviting talented young people to work with them. The handy document also includes links to more detailed guidance on supporting a diverse workforce.
Our partners worked with employers across Devon to open up a range of valuable opportunities for young people to demonstrate and develop their skills, confidence and experience. These included:
- Workplace visit and tour
- Taster day or shadow shift
- Work experience placement
- Mock interview
- Sector-specific mentoring
Take a look at our case study with The University of Exeter to see how hosting a young person can provide employers and organisations with valuable opportunities to develop their own insight and practices.
Devon Communities Together our partner leading on employer engagement continue to work with businesses to help them serve their communities. If your business is interested in offering opportunities to young people contact firstname.lastname@example.org.