Jack Jennings, 20, an employee of retail display company The Display Centre is the first young person to have joined the YEUK Young Professional scheme. The scheme is run by Ambition member Youth Employment UK: an organisation that is dedicated to helping young people take ownership of their development. YEUK aims to help young people between the ages of 16 and 24 develop themselves professionally and personally.
Young people can sign up online and once they have passed an online quiz with a score of 80% or more, they gain access to the Young Professional hub. The hub is updated every week with many resources, including TED talks.
Jack Jennings is the first young person from Hampshire to have done this. He said about the scheme: “YEUK is a great organisation. There are so many young people, like myself, that don’t have an edge over the competition when finding a job. YEUK helps you put something on your CV that employers will find interesting, as well as teaching you the basic skills that you need in a workplace.”
Jack who is a constituent of Gosport; was visited whilst at work by Caroline Dinenage, Gosport MP and Secretary at the Department for Education. She discussed the scheme with Jack and spoke to company Director, Chris Jones, about why he and his retail display company are supporting the scheme.
The Display Centre have made a pledge to YEUK to support the scheme by:
1) Guaranteeing an automatic telephone interview to any Young Professional who applies for a job at The Display Centre
2) Encouraging employees under the age of 21 to become Young Professionals
3) Offering any Young Professional 30 minutes of career mentoring that can be used for CV reviews, interview tips or another career subject
The Display Centre hopes that other companies will join the scheme and encourage their staff to join Jack as Young Professionals. The scheme offers a chance for young people to learn valuable employability skills. There are already over 320 corporate members, including companies such as McDonald’s, OCR and Santander.
There are over 2,570 young professionals registered and this number is always increasing. Membership is free for young people between 16 and 22 years old.
To sign up as a corporate member or to join the scheme as a young professional, visit the YEUK website.
With thanks to Ali Newton, Marketing Executive of The Display Centre, for the guest blog