AV4U in Great Waldingfield launches employment skills programme to help young people adapt to challenges of job market caused by coronavirus
A new employability skills programme hopes to help businesses and young people adapt to the major changes in the job market brought about by the coronavirus crisis.
Great Waldingfield-based AV4U announced the launch of Future Perfect, an online scheme designed to support people aged 15 to 25, who are about to leave education, or have recently entered employment.
Those who join the programme are required to complete a questionnaire, before receiving an individual report and mentoring support to help them build key skills, such as critical thinking, goal setting, teamwork, resilience and adaptability.
Mark van der Lande, AV4U co-founder and director, explained that Future Perfect was already being developed, alongside Verax International and the Centre of International Executive Education and Development, prior to the coronavirus pandemic.
But he told the Free Press that, now the lockdown has hit, the programme has been adapted to provide mentoring online rather than face-to-face, adding that it is vital for both employers and employees to be able to deal with changing circumstances.
“Obviously, with Covid-19, it’s going to be tough on businesses,” he said. “Besides financial challenges, there will be big changes in how they do business.
“For young people leaving education, it’s also going to be a much more competitive job market.
“We see this as an opportunity to help businesses and young people adapt to the challenges of the situation.
“Besides helping them understand their own behavioural style, the programme helps them work better with other people and improve their ability to get on in work.
“We’re also passionate about Sudbury, and this is something that can help the young people of Sudbury and Suffolk, and help it be a good place to invest in for businesses.”
Mr van der Lande said he hopes to work with schools and colleges once pupils return, to help them prepare for entering employment.
For further information on the programme, go online to av4u.co.uk.
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