Help for businesses in Leicester to become more accessible to young people

With 1 in 5 young people in the UK not in education, employment or training, a new social enterprise has been launched in Leicester to help businesses become more accessible to inexperienced young people.

Access Generation will provide free practical guidance to businesses to help them make the workplace more accessible for young people.

They will be conducting research with large companies who are already successfully attracting young people to identify what works well and sharing this information with small and medium enterprises in Leicester that may lack the resource required to take young people into their businesses.

Chris Tarry, founder of Access Generation, has previously run graduate and award-winning apprenticeship schemes and wants to encourage other businesses to do the same. He said:

“With close to a million 16-24 year-olds available to work each year it’s paramount that companies understand what young people are looking for in the workplace and how to attract them.

When I first got involved I found that there’s a lot of jargon and confusing information out there for businesses looking to understand the options available to them when considering the recruitment of young people.

Many companies just do not have the resource to take on the initial investment in time and effort required and therefore miss out on what I believe to be a real opportunity to access young talent. Our aim is to give businesses simple, easy to understand and practical advice (based on the experience of others) on the options that might best suit their needs.”

The initiative has a goal of encouraging and supporting businesses to employ 500 inexperienced young people over the next three years.