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Employment

Programmes
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Published 09 June 2020

According to the International Labour Organisation, more than one fifth of young people worldwide are not in employment, education or training, and more than three quarters of young workers are employed in the informal sectors [1]. Many young people find themselves locked out of the job market due to “a lack of experience and relevant skills”. Our programmes seek to directly address this.

 

The Get Into Programme is a unique employability scheme run in joint partnership between a youth/training organisation and leading employers worldwide. The programme helps to break down the barriers between unemployed young people and employers by providing young people with intensive employability skills training (teamwork, problem solving, responsibility, communication), before moving into sector specific / vocational skills training and a period of job shadowing, so young people can gain the real world experience they need to move into sustainable employment.

Employers have the opportunity to interact with young people throughout the programme, and say this is a much better recruitment tool than a 30 minute interview. And for young people, the work shadowing period allows them to learn about whether the job is right for them, put their learning into practice, make friends and feel confident in the workplace. Crucially, work shadowing allows young people to see the career opportunities within the sector, so they can think beyond getting their first job to getting their perfect job.

 

The programme is two to eight weeks long, and supports young people aged 16 – 30 * who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) and are looking for employment. It is suitable for those who are ready for work, but may lack vocational skills or practical experience.

Alongside the Get Into Programme, we work with local partners and employers to offer Alongside the Get Into Programme, we work with local partners and employers to offer Get Hired, a one to three day interactive event that gives young people the opportunity to have live interviews with a number of potential employers. More than just a job fair, the event empowers the young people with confidence and skills through activities and interview practice with corporate volunteers before moving into real interviews with employers. This face-to-face event allows young people to present all the great assets they can bring to the workplace, so employers can see beyond the CV.

[1] Global Employment Trends for Youth 2020: Technology and the future of jobs International Labour Office – Geneva: ILO, 2020 ISBN 978-92-2-133505-4 (print) ISBN 978-92-2-133506-1 (web pdf)

* age criteria depends on country and sector