How Severn Trent Water is taking a lead on tackling youth unemployment

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“We’re starting to see some evidence that virtual work-experience is perhaps more comfortable for some young people who come from lower socio-economic backgrounds where they feel more confident doing it in a blended environment.”

Severn Trent Water’s Group HR Director Neil Morrison is a big advocate of candidate experience and joined the latest episode of our Talking Recruitment podcast. Neil shared some of the challenges affecting younger people in the jobs market and how Severn Trent are working with their local communities and schools to tackle youth unemployment. You’ll hear about:

  • Youth unemployment challenges from a candidate’s perspective
  • The impact of youth unemployment on business reputation
  • How Severn Trent have partnered with local schools to structure their work experience programme
  • The impact of social mobility cold spots on youth unemployment
  • The changing face of qualifications – T Levels, those who will have missed school/exams
  • Virtual work-readiness programmes

Key quotes/takeaways:

“Younger people had seen themselves disproportionately impacted – whether that’s through education or the way in which the furlough scheme and redundancies are impacting areas which are predominantly quite strong for employing younger workers.” Neil Morrison

“We’re starting to see some evidence that virtual work-experience is perhaps more comfortable for some young people who come from lower socio-economic backgrounds where they feel more confident doing it in a blended environment.” Neil Morrison

“Perhaps people with lower confidence are expressing them more through virtual work-experience.” Neil Morrison

“As we come out of this recession, we need to build something that’s better for all – it has to be all encompassing, fairer and more socially responsible, otherwise we won’t have learnt anything from the experience we’ve just been through.” Neil Morrison

Speakers:

  • Neil Morrison, @neilmorrison Group HR Director, @stwater

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