Grace Mehanna, Campaign Director, Talent and Skills at Business in the Community writes:
Collectively, our entrants for The Unipart Inspiring Young Talent Award ran programmes that have directly impacted over 1.6 million young people. Together they’ve taken on just under 37,000 young people aged between 16 and 24 and over 3,400 apprentices and trainees in the last year.
What really stands out about this year’s entrants was that they all understood the need to take a long term approach, connecting how they inspire, hire and grow young people. All our entrants acknowledged that is wasn’t enough just to inspire young people but that they also needed to consider how they were hiring and growing young talent in their organisations. Both Sky’s Academies and Whitbread’s UK-wide WISE programme for early careers pathways, show that this connected approach delivers increased retention and recruitment savings. This year, it’s clear that businesses see inspiring young talent as the first step in a longer employment journey.