How your company can get involved

Building the future pipeline of skills is key to maintaining Mid Ulster’s reputation for its skilled workforce. There are numerous ways you can inspire young people from all backgrounds to progress into further Engineering study and Manufacturing careers.

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  • 1. Helping determine the quality of future employees:

    Employers can help improve the quality and preparedness of young people coming onto the labour market.

  • 2. Developing recruitment channels: 

    Building links with local schools can help attract school leavers into jobs and can reduce recruitment costs.

  • 3. Influencing career choices:

    Many employers have found that work experience placements are the ideal way of raising the profile of career opportunities within their organisation and, in some cases, of dispelling unwarranted stereotyped views.

  • 4. Raising the community profile: 

    Work experience placements provide a valuable means of creating a positive image amongst young people, teachers, parents and employees. As a result, employers see work experience as an important route to raising their profile in the community.

  • 5. Creation of Management development opportunities:

    The process of policy development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of work experience programmes gives scope for employees to develop their management and coaching skills and widen their experience. For many employees, mentoring a work experience student may be their first glimpse into people management, and for employers it can be an important demonstration of potential for future managerial roles.

  • 6. Low cost skills development of staff:

    The student workplace supervisors benefit from developing interpersonal, presentation and team working skills.  They often gain self-confidence and a sense of worth through their contribution to the development of a young person.  Supporting work experience can provide evidence for appraisal systems.

  • 7. Increased motivation of employees:

    Companies participating in education-business link activities have found that such activities increase the motivation of their employees.

  • 8. Reinforcing good health and safety processes: 

    Having to work through an induction with a young person allows the organisation to review current working practices and allows the opportunity to refresh employees on current health & safety procedures and requirements.

  • 9. A Fresh Perspective:

    Students ask questions and bring a new perspective to routine tasks.  They often have fresh solutions, or time to research alternative approaches.

  • 10. Tangible Outcomes:

    Students can undertake planned projects that staff have not had time to manage.

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