Young people are leaving education without the experience needed to gain work. This skills gap reduces their likelihood of getting a job (increasing youth unemployment). Alongside this there are 160,000 charities in the UK; a large proportion of which have an ageing workforce. Fair Train helps to solve these issues by supporting charities to develop high quality work experience programmes, giving learners an opportunity to develop employability skills, and support charities to be sustainable.
Young people are leaving education without the experience for the world of work.This 'skills gap' reduces their likelihood of getting a job. Employers are reporting the effects on UK business, impacting on productivity and undermining our economy. If you combine these issues with an ageing workforce, the future for young people and charities looks uncertain. Whilst 75% of businesses say that experience is crucial when recruiting, only 1 in 4 offer any type of work experience.
Charities can play a major part in helping to address this issue by providing high quality work experience programmes that equip young people with transferable skills ready for the world of work. This process benefits all parties as the charities gain from the additional low cost resource, which helps them to grow a sustainable business model. In order to achieve this charities must have a robust high quality work experience programme which is well structured. Fair Train delivers this support.
Youth unemployment and the sustainability of charities that are carrying out vital work are both addressed as a result of this project. With Fair Train's expert support, charities are able to develop well structured work experience programmes that provide young people with the opportunity to develop the skills which will change their lives. By working with charities, the causes that they are supporting also receive an added benefit as the charities have increased resources to deliver their work.