Young person panel

Young Person's Panel Review - by Rob

On Tuesday 18th of February, the monthly Young Persons Panel was held. The Panel was the latest in a series of discussions bringing together young people and employers who are involved with the Norwich for Jobs Campaign.

NFJ Partners Panel Report

Chloe Smith MP and the Norwich For Jobs team were delighted to welcome representatives of 36 partner organisations to discuss how we can best work together to improve employment opportunities for 16-24 year olds in Norwich. 

City College Norwich kindly hosted the event at St Andrews House on Friday 24th January 2014.

Norwich for Jobs Welcomes Five Tanzanian MPs

Norwich for Jobs welcome 5 Tanzanian MPs

On the 24th January 2014, Norwich For Jobs welcomed five Tanzanian MPs to observe the campaign’s Partners Panel and monthly Steering Group - after the campaign surpassed its target of getting 500 young people into employment opportunities.

Norwich for Jobs 'Tweet Meet'

Norwich for Jobs Tweet Meet

The first Norwich for Jobs ‘Tweet Meet’ took place on 13th January from 6-8pm, alongside our Job Centre Plus team and Employer Panel. The idea was to create an online Twitter presence for people to find out more information about the campaign, and for our partner employers to answer any questions they may have.

After an initial tutorial from Harry Greiner, Head of Digital Media at CCN, our Tweeters set to work online and encouraged relevant employers and young people facing unemployment to join in with the discussion.

A Positive Impact on Employability: Jamie's Story.

The Prince’s Trust is a partner with the Norwich for Jobs campaign and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Their Hospital Facilities Management provider, Serco, have pledged commitment to our campaign. Here is 22-year-old Jamie’s encouraging story of how a Prince's Trust programme turned his employment opportunities around, told by Serco.

Social Media: a Tool for Employability

Norwich For Jobs: LinkedIn

With the world of social media becoming an ever-important aspect of the World Wide Web, increasingly more people are using sites such as Facebook and Twitter as a means of finding work. In 2013, the percentage of large British companies using social media to recruit rose to 90%, and approximately half of all British jobseekers are using social media to search for opportunities.  

'Norwich for Jobs' on Film - Capturing the Campaign's Success

Norwich for Jobs team: End of year celebration

When a University of East Anglia student came to us and asked if she could capture the success of our project this year on film, we were more than happy to oblige! Verity has been working hard to produce two short films on the campaign, which will hopefully be available from the end of January. She sent us her words on what she has learnt through her film-making experience.

Image: The Norwich for Jobs team celebrate a year of success in 2013.

'Where Are The Jobs?! Insight into the Hidden Jobs Market' by Shaun

Whilst job boards are both extensive and a great way to identify vacancies that suit you, they are certainly not the only way despite what the digital age of today will lead you to believe.

'Barriers to Employment: Employer Responsibility?' by Shaun

Upon graduating, personal expectations in the world of employment are high. You’ll find yourself a job, doing something you want to do, earning enough to start paying back your student debt. It won’t take much; a decent CV, a few applications and maybe one or two interviews before you fall into job-security heaven. Okay, even graduates such as myself know that’s an unrealistic utopia – but for most, beginning to achieve something from your degree is extensively difficult – to an entirely unexpected level. But can all the responsibility lie with the applicants and their attitudes?

'864 cups of tea + 33 smiles = 27 work placements + 1 internship' by Amy

Lack of relevant work experience can hold us all back. Especially when there are swarms of applicants for each job. A lack of direction also causes confusion, how can you best invest your time if you’re unsure about what you want to dedicate yourself to?

 

I’d say one step at a time. I recently learnt about SMART steps and am keen to put them into action: Specific Measurable Achievable Realistic Timely steps. It’s easy to think you’re getting nowhere, especially if you’re not sure of your end goal but SMART steps will help you make progress. 

 

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