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Growing need to equip children in Liverpool with workplace skills

10th November 2010
Hays, the leading recruiting expert, calls for more schools in Liverpool to introduce the teaching of work skills as new figures from the Office of National Statistics show almost a third of households in the city don’t have anybody working.

Jenny Ward, National Business Manager at Hays Education, comments: “We need to take action now if we are to improve the employability of young people and prevent the benefits culture from being passed from one generation to the next. We need to bridge the gap between education and the workplace to ensure young people, the workers of tomorrow, understand the skills they need to get a job.”

A number of primary and secondary schools, including St Anne's Catholic Primary School, St Hilda's High School and Broughton Hall High School, are leading the way in Liverpool to ensure children understand what skills they need to gain to enter the workplace. They have partnered with Hays Education to help children as young as seven understand how education is the key to their future careers. Hays has been running its courses in primary and secondary schools across the country. It has already given work guidance to around 11,000 pupils since launching its programme, named Hays Ignition, three years ago.

Hays Ignition is available for all ages starting from Year Three up to Year Thirteen. Over the full course of the programme pupils are eased into an understanding of what work means and how to choose and get a job. They are taught the value of work, why it improves quality of life, and how the choices they make might impact on their career. They also learn key practical skills as they get closer to leaving secondary school: from writing a CV, to preparing for interviews and managing income. An enterprise training session also involves a class setting up their own business.

Jenny Ward adds: “Hays Ignition brings the world of work into the classroom using people who are actually in the world of work. We’re not teachers, we’re real employers who understand what employers want and what skills are in demand now and in the future. Children learn from us what skills will make them attractive to an employer and about how to make the best of themselves so they can assess their skills and make more informed choices about their education.”

For further information contact the Hays Ignition team on 0121 236 7933 or visit


Note to Editors:

About Hays Ignition:
Hays Education is the fastest growing teaching recruiting business and the Hays Ignition programme is designed to support work-related learning programmes in schools.

Training sessions include: interview skills and techniques; CV writing and employability skills; advanced CV writing; work experience – pre- and post placement modules; public speaking and presentation skills; how to find a suitable job – from search to application; best practice in the workplace and risk; money management; financial planning; personality test – results linked to career choices; learning styles; online job hunting; and enterprise.

About Hays

Hays plc (the "Group") is the leading global professional recruiting group. The Group is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide, being the market leader in the UK and Australia and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe. The Group operates across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments.

As at 30 June 2010, the Group employed 6,845 staff operating from 270 offices in 28 countries across 17 specialisms.

For the year ended 30 June 2010:
– the Group reported net fees of £557.7 million and operating profit of £80.5 million;
– the Group placed around 50,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 180,000 people into temporary assignments;
– 26% of Group net fees were generated in Asia Pacific, 30% in Continental Europe & RoW and 44% in the United Kingdom & Ireland
– the temporary placement business represented 58% of net fees and the permanent placement business represented 42% of net fees;
– Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE and the United Kingdom.

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