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Calling all employer – could you mentor young jobseekers?

This month, the Jobcentre is making an appeal to employers to offer a small amount of their time towards mentoring young people.

Are you an employer wanting to offer your support to the local community?

Are you willing to contribute a little of your time? If so, Goole Jobcentre would like to make an appeal to you to consider becoming an employment mentor to small groups of
18-24 year-old jobseekers.

During the current economic climate, we feel it is as vitally important as ever that our young people are offered the very best opportunities to give them a head start in their working lives. The Government is tackling youth unemployment with support from a range of employers, trade bodies, stakeholders and other partners.

As part of their package of measures to support this, the Government recently introduced Mentoring Circles, a national initiative directed at supporting young jobseekers to overcome the barriers they face and to find the work they want.

The aim of Mentoring Circles is to give young people:
• An awareness of how employers recruit, including information about their  selection criterion – delivered by a senior representative;
• Practical help with application forms/CVs/competencies;
• The chance to practise interview skills, receiving constructive feedback and tips from the employer organisations;
• An opportunity to visit employer premises, gaining insight into the working practices of the organisation.

Employers up and down the country, large and small, have signed up to offer their support in delivering their expertise, knowledge and direction to young people wanting sound advice on what employers look for in CVs, interviews, their expectations in the workplace and career progression.

If you would be willing to offer your support and would like further information about Mentoring Circles, please contact Diane Hodgson, Employer Engagement Manager at Goole Jobcentre – email diane.hodgson@dwp.gov.uk or phone 01405 664115.

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