Learning by doing is a way of giving experience in workplace
IT SHOULD be a simple equation – young people want employment and businesses want employees.
However, businesses often look to employ people who can seamlessly slot into their organisation with some experience already under their belts, while those leaving school, college or university often lack experience in the workplace.
It’s a Catch-22 situation – how do you get the experience employers look for when employers are only looking for those with experience?
Thankfully there are a number of solutions and with the help of businesses, support organisations and government initiatives, Buckinghamshire is working hard to give young people opportunities to build on their workplace skills.
More than 4,500 young people each year have their first taste of employment in Buckinghamshire upon leaving university. Regardless of the role, being in work teaches responsibility, punctuality and teamwork, which will stand a young person in good stead for future job opportunities. Alternatively, apprenticeships, work placements and vocational courses can help young people develop their own unique skills and prepare them for their future in the world of work.
Amersham and Wycombe College support this approach by offering vocational qualifications with the simple principle ‘learning by doing’.
These initiatives will help to develop a talent pool with relevant experience and knowledge to hit the ground running when starting a job, but company owners themselves need to play their part – by looking for transferable skills, appreciating the experience of those who have found previous employment even when it may not be directly comparable and offering work placements and workplace training for those who need a bit more support to develop their expertise.
More young people are in work in Buckinghamshire than almost anywhere else in the country, but let’s make sure this remains the case by being aware of the ‘experience needed/ no experience’ paradox we find ourselves faced with and taking a proactive approach by offering support and opportunities to those who need them.
Let me know if your business is taking on apprentices or is involved in the training of young people.
What more can be done in your opinion? Do you need support to take on an apprentice? Contact Buckinghamshire Business First on 01494 568 937.