Recruitment firm’s pledge to help young jobseekers

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A RECRUITMENT firm has thrown its weight behind the Own Grown campaign to help young people in 1066 Country into work.

The Sammons Group, an independent business run by a family of directors, has given careers talks at Sussex Coast College to help students with CV writing and tips on how to succeed at job interviews.

Sarah Gordon, associate director, said: “As professional recruiters, we review thousands of CVs, conduct thousands of interviews and work closely with hundreds of local employers. This means that we are ideally placed to share our knowledge and insights with jobseekers of all ages to assist them with their careers. In particular, we recognise that there is an endemic problem in the UK with youth unemployment – with far too many young people being NEETs (not in education, employment or training).

“We have already given some careers talks at Sussex Coast College on topics such as How to prepare an effective CV, Interview Hints and Tips, and Attitude is Everything. The young people we have met at these events have often had great skills and qualifications, but the questions they have asked indicate that there is still a large piece of work to be done in helping them to understand the world of work, how the recruitment process works, and what employers are looking for.”

The year-long Own Grown campaign was launched in February with the aim of getting 1,066 pledges from companies across 1066 Country to help young people get into work.

Businesses can pledge support via www.owngrown.org.uk, emailing owngrown@hastings.gov.uk or ringing 01424 451795.