For Norwich For Jobs to succeed, 1,000 people aged 18 to 24 years old need to earn themselves a job by the end of 2015.

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In its simplest terms, that means the county’s businesses need to have – or create – 1,000 vacancies in that time that they are willing to give to a young worker keen to start building themselves a career.

Seems like a big ask, doesn’t it?

But the foundation behind the initiative is keen to stress that those employers backing the campaign can find many other ways to help.

From work placements and work-based training to CV advice and mock interviews, Norwich For Jobs wants local businesses to get involved in any way they can to improve the prospects of an unemployed young person.

When it comes to finding a job, 18 to 24-year-olds can find it difficult for a wide variety of reasons. The most common concern – from both young people and employers – is a lack of experience of the working world and a company’s specific industry.

Posy Cuthbertson, a 21-year-old graduate living in Norwich, described it as a “Catch 22 situation”: “You need experience to get work, you need work to get experience,” she said.

A lack of confidence will often stand in their way and will get worse the more knock-backs they experience.

And with relatively little experience of interviews and job applications compared with their older competitors, it can be difficult to find out where they are going wrong.

According to Julia Nix, regional manager for Job Centre Plus in the East, addressing some of those problems can be done in a variety of ways with impressive success rates.

“It’s the small things, the tiny small things that can help – like a mock interview. Any support or guidance is welcome.

“From one mock interview to a full- blown job, each step helps a single person. That one mock interview could help that single person into a job later on,” she said.

The most successful type of support comes in the form of pre-employment training which, according to Mrs Nix, has an 85pc chance of leading to a job.

The training is often provided by the Job Centre and can be tailored to suit a specific job or industry. It helps address the issue of a lack of experience in a particular field and reassures employers a young person has the kind of knowledge and attitude to work they are looking for.

Work experience has a 50pc chance of leading to a job and requires absolutely no commitment from a business when they agree to give someone that opportunity.

“Most work programmes have a 30pc to 40pc success rate in terms of leading to a job or an apprenticeship,” said Mrs Nix.

“Sometimes it’s about the employer just realising that the talent is out there. Sometimes it gives guidance and support for an individual who can then work out what they were doing wrong – what they were saying wrong in an interview, or not putting the right thing in their CV.

“Sometimes it’s just a confidence boost that somebody has shown an interest and they no longer think they are useless.”

At City College Norwich, chief executive Dick Palmer, who like Mrs Nix is a steering group member of Norwich For Jobs, has seen the positive impact those programmes and opportunities can have.

He said: “It’s really important to understand just how the workplace operates for young people to feel confident when they go forward to an interview.

“We really do want to encourage people willing to help with CV writing, do mock interviews, a placement, whether it’s just one day or one day a week for six months. All of those can really make a difference to young people who will find it extremely hard because the vacancies out there are few and far between and the people with experience will have a better chance.”

A couple of years ago, City College ran a project with Norwich-based Tribe PR which saw students learning to tailor their CVs and fill in an application for a fictional job.

The best candidates were invited for an interview and the prize for the student who impressed most was an internship with Tribe.

Mr Palmer said it proved hugely successful for her. “The girl, at the end of that year, got a job with another PR company. She was really clear that it was the experience leading up to that internship that made a real difference to her,” he said.

To find out more about the Norwich For Jobs campaign and to get involved go to: www.norwichforjobs.org.uk, follow @norwichforjobs on Twitter or go to the Norwich Foundation For Jobs page on Facebook.

Don’t miss the chance to find your perfect job by visiting Archant Norfolk’s Jobs Fair at Norwich City Football Club on Thursday, March 7, 9am-6pm. Admission and car parking are free.

For more details, contact Alison White on 01603 772115 or email her at alison.white@archant.co.uk

14 comments

  • Another post with positive suggestions for jobs in Norfolk censored by the EDP.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • look in the news on sky . Tony blair has now been given an award for giving away thousands of uk jobs to poles.The legacy of the labour party will never be forgotten

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    milecross

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • Try to get people in to work is great hope they are successful, easy to rubbish Chloe Smiths efforts, personally any idea to invest in the people of Norfolk gets my support it all helps the local economy.

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    Tractor4

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • "........is a lack of experience of the working world........" Perhaps colleges & universities should work the same hours and have the same holidays as companies to rectify this. No. Thought not. Until this happens, then the lack will remain. >> As for "Training often provided by the Slave Centre Plus and can be tailored to suit a specific job or industry" What a load of rubbish. The people in the Slave Centre Plus do not have a clue and are only interested in getting people off their books to make the statistics look good.

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    "V"

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • Now listen up, young people, unless you are well connected in politics and can land a council job without much training, you will be working for free until one of these above employers takes you on for full, but in the meantime this will take you off the dole and make for better figures. Where are the jobs? After last nights report on how plastic is polluting our seas and killing birds and fish alike, will we now see it for what it is? Will we start recycling and controlling the cycles of our consumption, start something new in England called enhanced landfill mining, why are we not creating modern highly skilled jobs in recycling Mr. Palmer? Is it because the back up knowledge is not there? Modernise your education programme and ask these minority politicians what they'll be doing for it, why don't you?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • Only the one page in the paper today. I feel short-changed, bit like all those poor youngsters with little realistic prospect of getting a proper job, having their hopes raised unfairly by this relentless squit.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • more window dressing . What we want is british jobs for british workers . Put british people first in their own country

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    milecross

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • ... and what about us older people.. I have applied for 95 jobs since getting made redundant in December.. 2 interviews!! Simple really.. we need the jobs but all I see are boarded up buildings and redundancies daily..Come on Ms Smith I think you need to look at the bigger picture!!

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    mehere

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • One word `immigration`.

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    John Bridge

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • Where are thse jobs coming from? and if the employers have got jobs, why are they not filled already? I agree with "me here " . People i their mid fifties are in need of help to get jobs. I hope it do not return to the days of YTS, When older people were pushed out of their jobs, to enable employers to reduce their wage bills. Jobs must be genuine

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    lucy

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • Aha, the usual "help to prepare for work and getting a job" support stuff that's already available at multiple outlets, but no actual jobs created for them to get. That sounds like a potential spanner in the works. I say, there should be a vacant role at the EDP now Victoria Legget has been moved over to report on NFJ full time.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • The latest piece of insanity to come out of this government is the Real Time Initiative.This means that every time a payment is made to an employee,the employer has to tell HMRC,that week or that month! This means the incentive to employ anybody is even less,because it's more red tape for small businesses ! Politicians really haven't got a clue as to help business,and I'll bet most small businesses still don't know about this latest move to grab more tax!

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • 11:58 Just tried again to post positive job suggestions, but the EDP, itself not employing many, if any, decided, jobs are not good for us to discuss here.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • Right EDP and Ms Smith. Are you actually willing to do this properly? I want you to print in the newspaper and on Ms Smith's e-letter the actual job figures for Norfolk on a month by month basis. And I do not mean that Django's Coffee Bar has taken on one washer upper whilst not mentioning they have made five baristas unemployed. I want all the jobs created and all the jobs that have disappeared and I want them printed month on month for the whole year. Bet you anything you wont do it because you know you will end up with a minus figure at the end of the year. Some firms in Norfolk are making hundreds of people unemployed at a time. You cant make a difference. All you can do is produce a load of hot air.

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    Electra

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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