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Recruiting business raises aspirations of Gateshead pupils

Children as young as seven are working with Hays Education, the leading recruiting expert, to understand how education is the key to their future careers. The project has already raised aspirations of over 11,000 pupils since Hays Ignition was launched three years ago. The latest course will be taking place at Kingsmeadow Comprehensive School in Gateshead on the 24th June 2010.

Hays Ignition is available to school children in Year Three up to Year Thirteen. Over the full course of the programme, which has already been rolled out in over 150 schools nationwide, pupils are taught how their journey through education transcends into the world of work and are encouraged to have confidence in themselves and their skills. The children gain an understanding of the value of work, why it improves quality of life and how to choose a suitable career.

Jenny Ward, National Business Manager at Hays Education, comments: "Hays Ignition brings the world of work into the classroom and complements the message that schools are giving out already. We're not teachers, we're recruiting experts and we know what employers are looking for in their future workforce. The programme helps to drive this message across in a way children and young people find interesting. We have had a dramatic and transformative effect on thousands of pupils so far, and once schools have used us once they want us back again."

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

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; enterprise.

About Hays

Hays plc (the "Group") is the leading global specialist recruiting group. It 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. It operates across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments.

The Group employs over 6,700 staff operating from 345 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 300,000 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.

For further press information please contact:

Alexandra Tucker
T. 020 7259 8821


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