Networking event considers if employers are from Mars and young people from Venus

A networking event which brought together local employers and education professionals in Leeds has discussed the difference in opinion between employer and young people expectations during the recruitment process.

The Leeds Enterprise Exchange, organised by Leeds City Council, brought together local employers lecturers and teachers at an event at Allerton High School to discuss what businesses are looking for from young people when they leave school.

The discussion looked at recent findings of a report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) entitled ‘Employers are from Mars and young people are from Venus’ which discusses the mismatch between between employers’ expectations of young people during the recruitment process and young people’s understanding of what is expected of them, which in some cases is preventing young people getting access to the job market.

Key note speakers at the event included Mike Thompson, head of employability programmes for Barclays, and David Kent, cluster general manager for Premier Inn and Whitbread for Leeds and Bradford.

There were debates between the education and businesses sectors, with both sides committing to further actions to ensure the city continues to help young people into work.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for leisure and skills said:

“Events such as these are a great way of bringing together education professionals and local businesses. They can ensure there is an agreed way forward when recruiting young people so that they get the right Information, advice and guidance from schools and college but that employers take into consideration some of the barriers that these young people may face and adapt their recruitment process accordingly.

“It was great to see people from both sectors debating the key issues and committing to actions for their own organisations to ensure we continue to impact on the number of young people who are not engaged in education, employment or training. “

Notes to editors:

The Leeds Enterprise Exchange is run by the Education Business Partnership, which is part of Leeds City Council’s jobs and skills section. It offers a free networking forum which brings together local employers, high schools and others who wish to see enterprise and employability flourish in the city.


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