Embrace the potential of a young workforce

August 18, 2016

Apprentices

It’s A Level results day! How can your business benefit from recruiting young people?

On 8th May this year, Callum Styles became the first player born in the new millennium to make an appearance in the football league. Born on 28 March 2000, he made his debut at just 16 years and 41 days old, playing 15 minutes of Bury’s final game of the season against Southend United. The Shakers’ won 3-2, but were later deducted three points when it was discovered he wasn’t registered properly.

Having young people in your workforce can offer your business so many benefits, make the most of them. The next generation of school leavers, receiving exam results today and entering employment for the first time will shape the world of work for years to come. Attracting the best of these workers is critical to the future of your business. Their career aspirations, attitudes about work, and knowledge of new technologies will define the culture of the 21st century workplace.

Young people matter because they are not only different from those that have gone before, they are also more numerous than any since the soon-to-retire Baby Boomer generation – By 2020, research from PWC suggest that millennials (born 1980-2000), will form 50% of the global workforce. Use of technology clearly sets this generation apart. Their affinity with the digital world is one of the defining characteristics of how they have grown up. Broadband, smart technology and social media are the norm.

This is the first generation to enter the workplace with a better grasp of a key business tool than more senior workers. Other characteristics such as their ambition and desire to keep learning and move quickly upwards through an organisation, as well as their willingness to move on quickly if their expectations are not being met – requires a focused response from employers.

Millennials want a flexible approach to work, but very regular feedback and encouragement. They want to feel their work is worthwhile and that their efforts are being recognised. They are looking for more in life than “just a job” or a steady climb up the corporate ranks.They want to do something that feels worthwhile, they take into account the values of a company when considering a job, and they are motivated by much more than money. These are all characteristics that employers can actively address.

Irrespective of the long-term aims and ambitions of an individual company, the ability to attract and retain young talent will be a vital step to achieving it. Remit Training has a range of recruitment and training solutions that have helped thousands of businesses find effective ways to embrace a new generation of talent. Developing an Apprenticeship programme for your business can help you harness all of the benefits of a new, digital savvy generation.

Apprenticeships provide a clear framework of progression and career pathways. They allow for regular goal setting and feedback and will develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours that employee need and employers want.

Get in contact today to find out how our bank of high-quality, work ready apprenticeship candidates can make a difference to your business.

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