A good news story (and not just for Christmas). Twenty-year-old Jack Jennings, Operations Assistant at The Display Centre, is Hampshire’s first Youth Employment UK Young Professional. Following Jack’s passing of the YEUK Young Professional online test, Caroline Dinenage, Gosport MP and Secretary at The Department for Education, met Jack to talk about his involvement with the scheme.

I was delighted to visit The Display Centre on Friday and meet Jack Jennings, one of my constituents, to personally congratulate him on his achievement. It was also very useful to meet with company director, Chris Jones, a great supporter of YEUK, to discuss with him how I might help to develop this very worthy scheme.

yeuk young professionalChris encouraged Jack to get involved in the scheme following a pledge to Youth Employment UK. YEUK is the leading social enterprise dedicated to tackling youth unemployment in the UK. It aims to help young people develop themselves by giving them the means to take control of their own development, as well as providing a platform for their voice on youth employment issues locally and nationally.

The Display Centre’s pledges

On behalf of The Display Centre, a shopfitting and retail supply company, Chris pledged to support young professionals by:

  1. Guaranteeing any YEUK Young Professional who applies for a job an automatic telephone interview.
  2. Encouraging employees under the age of 21 to become YEUK Young Professionals.
  3. Offering any YEUK Young Professional 30 minutes of career mentoring for CV reviews, interview tips or another career subject.

YEUK is a great organisation. There are so many young people, like myself, that don’t have an edge over the competition when finding a job. YEUK helps you put something on your CV that employers will find interesting, as well as teaching you the basic skills that you need in a workplace. Jack Jennings

Young people between 16 and 24 can sign up online for free and begin the young professional programme. They gain access to more resources on the Young Professional hub when they score 80%+ on the online test. These resources include TED talks and exercises that focus on employability skills.

Will your company invest in young people to boost their employability by joining Youth Employment UK? Will you support the YEUK Young Professional scheme? Why not make it a pledge for the New Year!