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  • Connexions Recruitment Service

    Who are we?Connexions is a government funded youth support service for all 13-19 year olds and up to the age of 25 for young

    people with additional needs.

    Through Connexions young people can access information and support on: life issues, careers, jobs, relationships, money, housing, learning, travel and transport, health and much more.

    Connexions works with partners to raise the aspirations and achievement levels of all young people. A major focus of our work is to increase the number of young people who are in education, employment or training.

    We can offer you: A free high quality recruitment service

    Advice on the free training available to develop your workforce

    Signposting to learning providers that will enable you to support young peoples development and your local community

    Information on current developments within education, and employment issues relating to young people e.g. qualifications and the minimum wage.

    Why choose Connexions?

    We have experience in working with over 100 employers in the Southend area

    We can deliver streamlined recruitment solutions to save you time and money

    We have access to a database full of enthusiastic and motivated young people seeking employment.

    I have been using the free recruitment service from Southend Connexions for some time now and each time they find me the RIGHT young person for the job Wesley (Estuary Windows).

    If you would like to recruit a young person we will: Meet with you to discuss you company requirements in detail.

    Agree vacancy details.

    Advertise your vacancy;

    i. On our website including Twitter & Facebook

    ii. On our Vacancy boards

    iii. Get Hired vacancy magazine sent monthly to over 1000 of our young people, schools, colleges and training providers. You can either receive CVs direct from our young people or we can match and submit suitable applicants for you.Once the vacancy has been filled you will receive on going support with one of our employer engagement officers.

    To advertise with Southend Connexions, call 01702 420290 or email connexions@southend.gov.uk for more information.

  • Apprenticeships

    Apprenticeships are the proven way to train your workforce. Apprenticeships can make your company more effective, productive and ultimately competitive by addressing your skills gap directly, especially in the current uncertain economic climate. And with over 200 apprenticeships available in all employment sectors, from engineering to creative arts, there will be one to suit your business.

    So what are apprenticeships?They are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of employers, which lead to national recognised qualifications.

    Who are they for?You can use apprenticeships to train both new and existing employees. Free training is available to apprentices up to the age of 19.

    Who runs them?Apprenticeships are designed by the Sector Skills Council (part of the Skills for Business Network), while the National Apprenticeship Service helps to fund the training.

    How are apprenticeships developed?Business representatives from the relevant industry sector work with the Sector Skills Councils to develop the course content. Because they genuinely understand your business, the training will be relevant for your industry.

    Young & Highly MotivatedRemember apprentices are eager, motivated, flexible and local to the company that has invested in them. An apprentice is with you because they want to be they have made an active choice to learn on the job and a commitment to a specific career.

    For more information on apprenticeships visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk or call our employer engagement team here at Southend Connexions on 01702 420290.

  • Rules & Regulations

    Legislation for 16 & 17 Year OldsAs an employer it is your responsibility to ensure that a young person does:

    Not work over 8 hours per day

    Not exceed 40 hours per week

    Have a break at least 30 minutes every four and a half hours worked

    Have a rest period of at least 12 hours between every working day

    have two non-working days a week.

    As an employer of a young person you are expected to:

    Review your risk assessments, paying attention to the risks and implications of employing young people.

    Young people of this age may be entitled to paid time off for study or training. As an employer you may be entitled to financial help with this. Speak to your employer engagement officer at Southend Connexions for more info.

    Legislation for 18 Years and OverAs an employer you may still have special responsibilities for a young worker who is 18 or above.

    Employees 18 or over are not permitted to:

    Work more than 13 hours in any one day

    Work more than 48 hours per week. This figure can be averaged over a 17 week period. A young person can agree to work more than 48 hours per week if this is put in writing.

    Employers must:

    Ensure employees have two non-working days a week

    Offer a free health check before an employee does any night work and must provide proper supervision

    Allow at least a 20 minute break every 6 hours.

    Some sectors and positions including the emergency services, armed forces, managerial directors and executives are exempt from working time limits. For more information visit www.direct.gov.uk/employment.

  • Facts & Figures

    In September 2009 the unemployment rate among 16-24 year olds rose to 19.1%, with about 928,000 people in that age range classed as unemployed (according to ONS statistics). Here in Southend we have approximately 450 young people aged between 16 & 18 , not in employment, education or training (Correct to September 2009).

    Between October 2008 and October 2009, we signed up 50 employers in Southend and advertised their vacancies for them. Of these 50, half advertised exclusively with Southend Connexions and continue to do so.

    We meet over 90 young people on average every day throughout Southend, many of whom are actively seeking work.

    Case Study Danny R, 17 (Apprentice Mechanic):

    School never really interested me that much, but I have always had an interest in cars. After getting 6, A-C grades at GCSE, I decided that I wanted to go straight to work. I was finding it hard looking for a job, and needed help with my CV. I went to Southend Connexions and one of the workers helped me sort out my CV and showed me a book of local vacancies. I saw the advert for an apprentice mechanic paying 95p/w and sent them my CV the same day.

    Within a week, I had an interview, and the following week I started working with them. I have six months of my apprenticeship left to complete and, hopefully I will be offered a full time job when it ends. My goal is to one day run my own garage, and maybe even train apprentices of my own.

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