An industry figure has claimed that the last thing
that should happen is for young people such as graduates looking
for a job to lose out because of the recession.
Will Cookson, head of skills at Working Links, made the comments
following the government's announcement that its Backing Young
Britain campaign would involve training schemes and apprenticeships
at firms such as Morissons and Microsoft.
Mr Cookson believes that a combination of government, corporate and
university support is vital in helping people build up the skills
required to secure a graduate job.
He said: "I think that we all have to be positive about these
schemes. From the individuals that we help into work we know that
work is not just about the financial benefits; it also helps to
build confidence and self esteem as well helping people to develop
their skills further."
The Confederation of British Industry recently said that those
struggling to find a graduate job at the moment could look towards
a paid apprenticeship to gain experience, but too few know about
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