How can Employers attract School Leavers?
Written by Kayleigh Bull, Lower Sixth Student – Lord Williams School
There are various factors that attract school leavers as they round up their studies whether it be GCSE’s or A-levels, and considering that the top students may have their sights set on university there’s nothing like a great career opportunity to shake up their mind set and potentially persuade them into diving straight into the working world.
One of the most important factors that school leavers would heavily consider is salary; a survey carried out by AllAboutSchoolLeavers found that 71.2% of young people say it is one of the top factors when influencing their decision. Equally, employers also need to consider the wage that they are prepared to pay school leavers because a low wage will not attract the type of school leavers they are looking for, if any at all.
Location, location, location?
One other main factor that school leavers take into consideration when deciding between further education or work is the location of the job. The area of work is just as important as pay to most people, and especially to young people who may not be able to drive yet, meaning they are heavily dependent on public transport.
What gets school leavers excited is prospect of earning their own money, hence why the wage is an important factor when they consider going into a job. However with money comes responsibility and that also excites young people because they would have never really been exposed to that much independence at one time. This could also be a worry to some young people as that much responsibility might come as a shock to some.
Short term contracts leading to longer term commitment?
As well as this, there are also concerns school leavers face when deciding their path, the main being confusion as to what the best option is for them. Young people are increasingly unsure as to what they want to do in the next steps in their life and so are hesitant to pursue anything with the idea of long term commitment to a job they may not enjoy. Employers should consider this in relation to the length of employment contracts. This is purely because young people become bored easily and may find that the job isn’t for them; a shorter contract allows them to move on sooner or to even renew it for a longer amount of time if they enjoy it.
Will I fit in?
Another main concern that school leavers have with the idea of diving straight into work is the lack of belonging they may feel in the workplace. The school leaver will most probably not have as much understanding and experience that other employees in the company have and may not feel as useful or valuable to the business. This is an issue to employers because they will need to consider the age demographic of all the employees in the work environment so that all staff feel like they have someone who they can relate to based on age and current affairs. Typically in an office environment, the staff would all be in a different stage in their life and young people may find it hard to relate to them as they haven’t reached that stage in their life yet.
How do you make them feel involved and therefor get them to belong?
What training is available?
When employing school leavers just after they leave school one of the most important things to bear in mind is that they won’t necessarily have as much training or experience of those that you would normally hire and therefor will need easing into the day to day grind of work. Give them jobs that are just as important but maybe not as complicated, but don’t just have them making tea and coffee as this will demotivate them in terms of their work. Giving them little roles of responsibility in the workplace will help them to feel involved with the business and help them find their way around the working environment.
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