Earlier in the year, Ed. Collective partnered with Auckland Council’s Youth Connections at their Jobfest event run at the Cloud. Jobfest is about connecting Auckland’s young people with employment opportunities. Many of them were also studying – in school, at uni or through other providers. We took the chance to ask them some questions about the challenges they face and what they thought would be helpful in finding employment. The full report can be found here.
Most of all, it’s that foot in the door and real-world experience that appears to be the major barrier to getting into work. A lot of students are finding it tricky to get work with hours that fit in with their study schedules. More flexible ways of studying would go some way to addressing this problem, but what else would smooth the way?
There seems to be an appetite for an agency of some kind to provide support and advice for young job-seekers – helping them get ready, then into work and then supporting them to stay there and succeed. Employers have noted in our interviews that there seems to be very little support available for employers or young employees – particularly when things go wrong.
From career planning through to job-search skills and job recruitment and in-work support, we’ve been thinking about what we can do to help learners and young people get into work.
What else could we do to help young learners and job-seekers? What would you do?