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national survey today reveals that 90 per cent

of employers value a school leavers’ ability to bring enthusiasm and fresh ideas to the work place; news that will bring a sigh of relief for many school leavers across the country this summer.

The survey commissioned by national training and Apprenticeship provider Lifetime, highlights that a refreshing 93 per cent of employers admit that organisations benefit from hiring school leavers. Half of those questioned, however, suggest that gaining experience in a real life setting would significantly boost a young person’s ‘employability’ and long term career prospects.

Development Director at Lifetime, Nigel Wallace, says; “From our survey of 2,000 employers, the findings show that young people are highly regarded for their ability to bring fresh ideas into businesses so it is essential

that every school leaver looking for work knows how to make themselves stand out from their peers.”

66 per cent of employers advised that young people would benefit greatly from being taught employment- related skills such as communication, teamwork and customer awareness as on top of the academic curriculum, before entering the working world.

This is where Wallace suggests an Apprenticeship programme can give young people the edge when considering their next career steps; “Apprenticeships help you to gain industry recognised qualifications and ‘hands on’ experience; qualities that employers are telling us they want from young people these days.”

While Apprenticeships can bridge the gap between education and employment, Lifetime is offering young people further support in gaining an Apprenticeship through its Early Years Care and Fitness Academies; “Both the Lifetime Fitness and Early Year’s Care Academies consist of three key components: pre-employment skills training, support into a relevant job and an Apprenticeship programme once in employment.

To speak to an Academy course advisor and to find out more about Lifetime’s

Apprenticeship programmes please phone 0117 314 3090 or visit www.lifetimetraining. for your career guide download.

18 year old engineers himself a fitness career! When Darryl Barnes from Coventry was made redundant from his job in engineering at the age of 18, he faced six long months of unemployment before his hobby helped him to find a new career.

Before I began my Apprenticeship I was quite shy but it has really helped bring me out of my shell

Having always been an avid gym goer, Darryl continued to train twice a week while he was out of work and was inspired by a Fitness Instructor at his local club. Darryl says: “I’ve always had an interest in fitness and I train twice a week so, when an instructor recommended I consider making a career out of it, it sounded ideal.”

Darryl found Lifetime, a training provider that offered an Apprenticeship in Multi Skilled Fitness Instruction. Darryl says: “the course attracted me because the structure was clear with modules to complete while allowing me to get industry recognised qualifications and a route into the career I wanted.”

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