Learn­ing by do­ing is a way of giv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in work­place

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY -

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.

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