Youth unemployment in the North East is being tackled with the launch of a second dedicted recruitment and training business.
Rising Star of South Shields, sister company of Hebburn-based recruitment consultancy Zenith People, has just opened a new office, with training suite, especially young unemployed.
It will focus primarily on getting those aged between 16 and 24 into sustainable employment, either an apprenticeship, traineeship or as a full-time employee.
Latest figures show that the North East has the highest unemployment rate in the UK, at 10.3%, with 24.5% of people aged 16-24 in the region unable to find work.
Rising Star hope to bridge the gap between young people and employers by fielding apprenticeship, traineeship and job vacancies, as well as running its own Rising Star Bootcamp.
Rising Star and Zenith People managing director Angela Anderson piloted her Rising Star idea in February 2013 with 60% of attendees from the first bootcamp going into work.
She said: “Rising Star is a recruitment agency for young people which aims to provide them with real-life advice and training, helping them secure employment.”
She also delivers a recruitment service to employers looking to employ young people.
The idea behind Rising Star was to create an recruitment bootcamp which would consist of a five-day workshop providing guidance and support on all aspects of the recruitment process.
This has evolved over the months so that now there are a number of programmes for young people to chose from.
Anderson believes that youth unemployment figures in the region need to be addressed and is confident that Rising Star can help.
“Youth unemployment is a real issue in this region. By establishing Rising Star we’re hoping to give young people the skills and support they need to secure employment and take control of their future,” she said.
“It’s a tough job market and we’re giving young people the competitive advantage they need to stand out. We’ve seen amazing results and it’s a thoroughly satisfying process to be involved with.
“Over the coming months we’re hoping to grow our employer contacts and help even more young people to buck the trend and secure their future.”