Servicios

What Employers Really Want

Descripción

Creating a short video documentary that builds a narrative using the words of employers, young jobseekers and the charity’s volunteers to present their experience of work – and unemployment – from a 360 degree perspective

  • In a competitive job market young people’s poor educational achievements and inexperience is exacerbated by employers’ concerns about their commitment to work.

I just can’t trust younger workers to do what we take for granted – like getting to work on time or finishing a job ….we waste time and energy supervising them” (Kent employer 2013)

  • Yet employers are still willing to offer young people the chance to work – even though they expect to be disappointed in their newest and youngest recruits
  • At the same time, young jobseekers are unprepared for the attitudes they will meet when they first start work – their expectations have been formed in a school environment where daily priorities are different and teachers lack the commercial experience to help prepare students for the world of work

Project objective:

  • explore in the words of employers, young jobseekers, teachers and the charity’s volunteer coaches where everyone’s expectations collide – and where they succeed in getting it right

 

Área de intervención

United Kingdom

Edenbridge

Key data rural district (Edenbridge)

Key data urban district (Sevenoaks)

Index: rural deprivation

Pop density/hectare

3.68

10.91

34

Unemployment 16-64

1.30

0.60

217

Education (GCSE 5 x A*)

64.70

88.20

73

Index multiple deprivation

17.35

3.62

479

 

Descripción de la organización

Friday People

UK charity – registered number 1144817

 

Datos de contacto

n.ward@fridaypeople.org.uk
00 44 7740 854083
www.fridaypeople.org.uk

 

Fecha del estado

01/04/2016

 

Estado

Starting

 

Descripción del estado

01.04.16 – in preparation
start date 01.06.16 – following recruitment of the interview team (young jobseekers), peer mentors from the University of the Creative Arts and interested local employers

 

Tipo de intervención

Action-Research, Pilot Project, Training Course

 

Otro tipo de intervención

 

Descripción de la intervención

Focused on:

  • developing transferable skills amongst young jobseekers and a measurable improvement in wellbeing across the age range of all participants
  • creating a stimulating research summary of prevailing attitudes to youth employment and the conflicts inherent in creating opportunities for young jobseekers

 

Destinatario

Target group (i)

 

  • Young jobseekers aged 18-24
Selection criteria

 

  • Three to six months unemployed
  • Failed to achieve satisfactory educational qualifications (ie 5 x GCSE grades A*-C)
  • Self-selecting through social media/peer group support
Target group (ii)

 

  • Local businesses with experience of employing young jobseekers
Selection criteria

 

  • Established record of employing young people within the last 18 months

 

Metodología

We follow a strategy of Positive Youth Development (PYD).

  • This is the intentional efforts of youth, adult, community, government agencies and schools to provide opportunities for young people to enhance their interests, skills, and abilities.

  • PYD differs from other approaches to youth in that it rejects an emphasis on trying to correct what is “wrong” with children’s behavior or development. Programs and practitioners seek to empathize with, educate, and engage children in productive activities.

  • Our PYD projects simultaneously capture the interest of young jobseekers and employers

    • give each jobseeker essential skills in team working, project management, budget control, marketing and fundraising (including developing advertising revenues for popular new festivals)

    • develop an effective route into employment

    • create CV’s explicitly tailored to highlight each jobseeker’s newly acquired expertise

    • provide in depth (video based training in interview techniques and effective personal presentation – lead by a consortium of local HR specialists

 

Componentes innovadores

  • Challenge employers’ perceptions of the youth work force by creating important research that will be spearheaded by young jobseekers

  • Challenge young participants’ perception of themselves and their capabilities

    • Involve them in project development

    • positive visualization of the impact of their work

    • access on-demand to online peer mentors

  • personal mobile telephones to be used to record individual assessments of wellbeing

  • focus on team building/motivational action for mentors as well as young beneficiaries

 

Recursos

Human

 

Volunteers acting as coaches and mentors

Business leaders offering access and working time

Material

 

Gift in kind donations of video equipment, editing time, venues, operating costs supported by direct purchase of consumables

 

Presupuesto

£15818 (euros 20089 – at 1.27 current euro exchange rate) – subject to funding of the first pilot which will operate over 26 weeks

 

Financiación

All expenditure is funded by voluntary donations and discretionary grants from charitable institutions and businesses whose objectives reflect those of Friday People and the research being undertaken

 

Socios

  • Operational:

    • Target Your Potential (local social enterprise)

  • Coaching/mentoring partner:

    • University of the Creative Arts (media/peer mentors)

 

Outputs

  • High quality video record of the challenges facing both young jobseekers and the businesses that want to employ them

  • Measurable improvement in wellbeing across all participants

    • Self-recorded qualitative assessment using mobile telephones and self-completion diaries (optional)

    • Quantitative measure of change to be developed in partnership with New Philanthropy Capital (UK charity). This approach replaces our current 8-part questionnaire (using a likert scale) assessed at start, mid and end points

 

Evaluación y análisis DAFO

TBA as a post-project analysis

Current challenges

  • Funding constraints may limit both the number of young jobseekers who can be trained as interviewers and the scale of the research

 

Sostenibilidad

Young jobseekers

  • Access to increased skills and full-time employment rebuild economic prospects and reduce dependency

Stakeholders

  • Improved understanding of the clash of expectations and the research evidence necessary to underpin applications for further development funding

 

Impacto y explotación de los resultados

Impact

 

Young job seekers

  • Measureable development of the self-confidence and skills necessary to secure employment / education

Business leaders

  • Measurable (including anecdotal) evidence of divergent expectations and how to begin realigning views
Exploitation effective results

 

  • Develop cost benefit analysis based on concrete results to validate applications for additional funding on a larger scale
  • Successful participants (young jobseekers) serve as role models and potential peer mentors to successive waves of trainees

 

Diseminación de resultados y realimentación pública

Planned dissemination during project

  • Presentation to national media of this groundbreaking research lead by young people
  • Social media broadcasts driven by young participants
  • Video posting via websites charity/partners/employers