Prospective employees are being confused by unclear job advertisements, according to young people who attended Developing Young Workforce (DYW) Perth & Kinross’ first Youth Forum of 2019.
DYW Perth & Kinross, a partnership between employers and education to help boost youth employment, organised the Youth Forum to glean more understanding of the difficulties faced by young people when starting out in the working world.
Currently running it’s #LearnAliving campaign to encourage more employers to offer school pupils valuable work experience opportunities, DYW Perth & Kinross found only 30% of those gathered had met more than four employers. One of the key recommendations from the young people was the need for more employers to offer work placements to earlier year groups in schools.
Several other recommendations for employers in Perth & Kinross were raised by the group of 15 young people, a mix of school pupils as well as those in the early stages of their careers. Among the recommendations included the desire to meet employers in more informal small group settings to practice networking and interview skills; and in the recruitment process, to offer group interviews for candidates to make the process less intense and pressured, but also to show how candidates can work in a team. They also encouraged employers to give new starts comprehensive inductions, to help them with their understanding of the organisation and employer expectations.
Steven Stewart, Chair of Perth & Kinross Developing Young Workforce regional board, commented: “The feedback we received from the young people was a fascinating insight into what their frustrations have been when thinking about their career options and embarking on their employment journeys. Generally, they were positive about the role school plays in providing career advice but again raised the fact that there are not enough opportunities for school pupils to experience the world of work through placements. The #LearnALiving campaign we are currently running highlights the fact that only one in five employers across Perth & Kinross offer work placements and how there is a need for more placement opportunities. We are confident it will encourage employers to offer more work experience placements to school pupils.
“We are discussing what steps we can take to incorporate their recommendations into the work we do going forward. But there is some interesting feedback for employers here too – that when advertising their jobs, they could be clearer with regards to their expectations of the role on a day to day basis too.”