Rising youth unemployment key concern for business leaders

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TACKLING rising youth unemployment was top of the agenda when teenagers met business leaders during a summit staged at Bulwell Academy.

The networking breakfast at the campus off Hucknall Lane gave pupils the chance to find out directly from employers what is required to secure work in the current tough economic climate.

There was also a review and feedback from students who have completed work experience as part of the academy’s innovative ‘Employment Intelligence’ programme.

One pupil, Adenike Lawal (15), said that taking part in work experience had inspired her to land a part-time job at the House Of Fraser department store in Nottingham city centre.

It was explained to students by business representatives that such initiative helped youngsters stand out from other job applicants.

Alison Bingham, of the academy, said: “We place future employment at the heart of everything we do.

“The idea of the breakfast was to invite employers who have offered work experience and allow them to see, first hand, the impact it has had on students.”

Alison added: “The message for all students is that we can be the best we can. We just have to rise to the challenge. It’s about working with local employers.”

OUR PHOTO shows Adenike, who found a job after doing work experience — DISPIC NHUD11-3292-1.