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Barnsley recruiters help get vulnerable young people into employment

Staff from Hays in Barnsley, the leading recruiting expert in qualified, professional and skilled people, are hosting a workshop in partnership with leading children's charity, Action for Children. The workshop, which takes place at Action for Children's Pitt Street site on the 23rd March 2010, aims to raise the aspirations of vulnerable young people so they can successfully enter the workplace at a time when youth unemployment is continuously rising. It aims to offer young people vital skills training to help increase their employability and to prepare them for the world of work; for example they will learn how to behave in the workplace and how compose a CV.

The workshop is part of an innovative employment scheme called ‘Step Ahead', which has been developed by the charity with the support of Hays and other business partners such as Gap and TK Maxx. Each partner will offer the attendees real life work experience after Hays has delivered the initial workshop. Hays will also host a post-placement workshop which will cover various topics such as interview best practice.

Julie Waddicor, Managing Director at Hays, says: "It has never been more important to support young people in their quest for employment. Young people need to understand what opportunities there are, what skills they need and how best to market themselves to potential employers. Given the wide spectrum of employers we work with across the UK we are confident that we will be able to make a real difference."

James Thackray, Head of High Value Fundraising for Action for Children, said: "These workshops can make a real and valuable difference to the lives of young people in Barnsley by giving them the skills and confidence to enter the world of work. The workshops would not have been possible without the time, expertise and energy of Hays staff for which we are hugely grateful."

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About Hays

Hays plc is the leading global specialist recruitment group. It is market leader in the UK and Australia, and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe. As at 31 December 2009, the Group employed 6,644 staff operating from 325 offices in 28 countries across 17 specialisms. For the year ended 30 June 2009:

  • the Group had revenues of £2.4 billion, net fees of £670.8 million and operating profit of £158.0 million;
  • the Group placed around 50,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 270,000 people into temporary assignments;
  • the temporary placement business represented 56% of net fees and the permanent placement business represented 44% 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 United Kingdom.

About Action for children

  • Action for Children is one of the UK's largest children's charities working with over 156,000 children, young people and their families at around 420 projects across the UK.
  • Previously known as NCH, Action for Children is committed to helping the most vulnerable children and young people break through injustice, deprivation and inequality so they can achieve their full potential
  • Action for Children recently launched an appeal around child neglect. It aims to raise £17 million over the next three years in order to tackle the problem in the UK.
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For further press information please contact:

Alexandra Tucker
T. 020 7259 8821