Southend bosses give free job advice to young people
Published Tuesday 3rd July 12 in Council - news and information releases news
Young people aged from 15 to19 are urged to sign up now for invaluable job and career advice from Southend’s top business bosses.
On the last Wednesday of every month, a different business leader will host 60 Minute Mentor sessions from 4pm till 5pm at the Tickfield Centre, Tickfield Ave, SS2 6LL
This new scheme, a Southend Business Partnership Executive initiative, has just begun with Alastair Welch, Managing Director of London Southend Airport, taking the chair as the first host.
He said: "I was very pleased to be able to share some insights from our ongoing recruitment activity and to offer tips and advice to those attending the first session.
"We are very fortunate in this area that there are many opportunities opening up for employment locally.
"So it is more important than ever that people really consider what they want to be doing and how they can best promote their skills to potential employers.
"Being involved in the 60 minute mentor programme is one of a number of ways in which we are happy to support people locally and reinforces our commitment to the area."
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council's Deputy Leader, Councillor John Lamb said: "These sessions were launched in response to worries about youth unemployment in the town,
"Southend Business Partnership conducted an in-depth study of this, and there was also feedback from employers about the lack of employability skills demonstrated by some young people applying for jobs.
"Members of the Partnership were so concerned they readily agreed to commit time to this 60-minunte mentoring programme.
"They will help by providing hints, tips and techniques for CVs, application forms and interviews, based on their own broad experience.
"Each session will be run by a different leader to give a varied focus and wealth of knowledge for the young people attending, to learn from.
"This is an amazing opportunity to meet and hear advice from those at the forefront of business in Southend, who can give young people up-to-the-minute advice on how best to help themselves seek and find work.
"In today's difficult economic climate it can be very disheartening for young people faced with a tough struggle to get on to the employment ladder.
"We heartily encourage them to come along to these free sessions. Places will allocated on a first come first served basis so let us know if you're going to attend by contacting: email@example.com or book directly online at http://60minutementor.eventbrite.com//