businesses encouraged to support young people
young people across the Bunham-On-Sea area weigh up their options
having received their GCSE and A-Level results this week, Somerset's
Chamber of Commerce has stressed the importance to local businesses
of supporting local youngsters in order to keep their valuable
skills in the county.
to the Chamber, local businesses should not underestimate the
value of the skills, enthusiasm and fresh outlook that young people
can bring, all of which will help boost the local economy both
in the short and the longer term.
company Manuflex Limited, based in Highbridge, has supported,
encouraged and employed around 50 young people through apprenticeships,
work experience and government sponsored schemes.
Managing Director Ray Stewart said: "In our experience, engaging
with young people is great for business. They bring fresh ideas,
are enthusiastic, have current education disciplines and ask great
questions. All of this adds value to the business as customers
are encouraged to see that a business has a long term plan involving
a wide range of ages."
with any activity, you only get out what you put in and time spent
interviewing and meeting with young candidates and taking time
to select the right one for your business is vital. In our experience,
young people are great for business."
Chamber of Commerce also works closely with the Somerset Employment
& Skills Board, which brings businesses and partner organisations
together to help businesses access high-quality training through
apprenticeships for graduates and existing employees.
of the Somerset Employment & Skills Board, Kath Gigg, said:
"Many employers we talk to get involved with their local
school or college and build a really productive relationship that
helps prepare youngsters for the world of work and also helps
the business get the employees they need and want."
"Apprenticeships are now available in more than 170 industries
and 1,500 job roles, and around 80% of managers who employ apprentices
agree that they make their workplace more productive."
Chamber of Commerce, backed by Burnham-On-Sea Chamber of Trade,
represents and works collaboratively with the Somerset business
community to encourage strong, sustainable and creative alliances
that promote members businesses, raise the profile of the
county, and help to lobby for greater influence for Somerset at
all levels of government.
businesses employed over 5,200 apprentices in 2011/12, with more
than the national average successfully completing their apprenticeship.