Failings identified in UK schools’ careers advice programmes offer recruiters “a huge opportunity” to benefit by providing insight into the world of work for young people at local schools, Kevin Green, chief executive officer of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation told an audience on Tuesday night.
Benefits to recruiters would include opportunities for making the case for careers in recruitment to young people and for business development with students’ parents, teachers and other potential adult acquaintances at the schools, Green said.
His comments came at the annual dinner of the REC’s Technology Sector Group at the Royal Automobile Club in London, attended by around 60 people including recruiter.co.uk.
Sharing the world of recruitment with young people could help them to see recruitment as “a career of choice”, he said.
Green also issued a call to recruiters to bring apprentices into their businesses, a call echoed by sector group chairman Aidan Anglin of IT recruitment specialist DP Connect.
“I can’t believe I’m suggesting to my competitors that this is a good thing,” Anglin quipped.
Olympic rower Greg Searle also spoke at the event about his participation in and learnings from four separate Olympic Games, including London 2012. Searle is the cousin of Adecco UK & Ireland CEO Peter Searle.