Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

11/09/06 MP ROSIE BACKS CONNEXIONS’ FRESH APPROACH TO RECRUITMEN

A high profile campaign urging Lancashire’s employers to breath new life into their businesses by recruiting young people, has won the support of West Lancashire MP, Rosie Cooper.

Connexions Lancashire’s ‘Breath of Fresh Air’ campaign aims to show employers how young people can be an asset to any company. As well as bringing fresh ideas and a new perspective, young people have no preconceived ideas about the workplace, meaning they can be trained from the start to work well within a company’s systems and procedures and ultimately bring a welcome breath of fresh air!

Confirming her commitment to Connexions’ campaign, Rosie comments:

“We need to ensure there are enough job opportunities for those young people not going into further and higher education. We cannot let them just drift away from the world of work and training.”

“I truly hope employers will recognise that there is a young, motivated workforce here in West Lancashire that is just looking for someone to offer them a chance to get their careers underway."

“I very much support Connexions’ efforts to encourage local employers to offer more job and training opportunities to young people. I am sure that the campaign will prove to be a success.”

Employers that have a vacancy to fill can take advantage of the free recruitment service offered by Connexions Lancashire and snap up a bright, enthusiastic young person. As part of the service, vacancies are advertised free across the 18 Connexions’ centres in Lancashire and on the Connexions 13to19 website, ensuring the widest possible audience is reached.

An experienced team of advisers will then match vacancies, including any specific requirements, to a database of young people, letting employers rest easy about finding the right person for their company.

Over the next few weeks, Connexions will be busy contacting employers across West Lancashire, encouraging them to take advantage of the free recruitment service on offer. Veronica Myers, West Lancashire Area Manager for Connexions, strongly believes that young people have much to offer employers and urges local businesses to get in touch. Veronica comments, “We have over 300 young people on our database who are really keen to find a job and kick-start their career. We can offer employers a viable alternative to costly recruitment advertising and have young people looking for work in a whole range of sectors from construction to catering, office work, sales and engineering.

“We want employers to give West Lancashire’s young people a chance and provide them with the opportunity to develop and flourish. As well as helping employers to find the right young person, Connexions Lancashire can also provide ongoing support and training through the Learning Agreement Pilot. There is no cost for this training, all an employer needs to invest is some time, patience and support.”

If you would like to know more about Connexions’ Breath of Fresh Air campaign visit www.cx-fresh.co.uk or call 0845 9550065. 

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