London school leavers urged to sign up now
With GCSEs and A-Level results approaching, a new jobs challenge launches this week to help young people in London compete in the jobs market.
Last August and September, college and university leavers swelled the numbers on Jobseekers Allowance, as over 41,000 18-24 year olds in London signed on.
Breakdown by borough of young people joining the Jobseekers Allowance register in August and September 2009
Hammersmith and Fulham 820
City of London 5
Kensington and Chelsea 475
Tower Hamlets 1,820
Barking and Dagenham 1,170
Kingston upon Thames 525
Richmond upon Thames 505
Waltham Forest 1,650
This year, young jobseekers are urged to get ahead of the crowd by following the 21 Day Challenge on The Student Room website – a series of tips, issued one per day for three weeks from Thursday August 19, given it takes 21 days to form a habit.
Isobel Morton of Jobcentre Plus in London said:
“We know that it takes around 21 days for an activity to become a habit so school leavers can follow these tips to get it right from the start. By doing something each day, jobseekers will be taking small achievable steps to their ultimate goal and maintain motivation in this tough market.”
Sports psychologist Rhonda Cohen is supporting the Challenge:
“We know that self-belief and a ‘can do’ attitude is essential for success in whatever people choose to do, be it learning a skill or performing a job so we encourage school leavers to follow these tips and get these skills right from the start. By doing something each day, jobseekers will be taking small achievable steps towards their ultimate goal.”
The tips and advice cover everything from CV writing to preparing for interviews, using social media to find work and volunteering opportunities.
The Government is also setting up 50,000 new apprenticeships and creating the Work Programme, which will give young people flexible support to get them into work.
People can take part in the Challenge by following the 21 Days discussions groups on The Student Room website, from 19 August. The website address is www.thestudentroom.co.uk/21daychallenge
August 16, 2010