Statistics might not always show the complete picture but they are worth analysing, especially when it comes to the labour market and the current requirements of employers.
Every quarter I am delighted to attend the event “Influencing the Influencer” organised by Slough Borough Council and Slough Aspire. The event is aimed at Careers and Learning Advisers with the goal of exchanging knowledge and good practices.
During the last event, one of the speakers was Thames Valley Berkshire LEP presenting their statistical insights of the current job market across the region. One particular set of data really drew my attention as it directly related to the percentage of online job postings demanding certain skills. In other words, which type of skills was required by employers in Slough as well as on the National Level.
As much as we are always stating that the soft skills are the key to successful careers, it is very satisfying to see the confirmation of that statement in the real data!
As you can see above on the displayed table, the top four in-demand skills in Slough as well as on the National Level were:
- Business Environment Skills
- Problem Solving
- Project and Process Flow Skills
Keeping in mind the above statistics, educational establishments preparing young people to enter the world of work should really ask themselves a very important question:
Are my College leavers prepared to meet such skill demands?
In the last two months of the academic year, Employability Town would love to support you in your soft skills provision so that your answer to the above question is “Definitely, Yes”.
Below you will find a range of topics designed for your leavers that can be:
- delivered by Employability Town in the form of interactive workshops
- purchased in the form of resources that then can be delivered by your internal staff members
Contact us for more information & help your young people to shine in the current job market!
Our new offer for College leavers
For the Undecided students
who simply are not sure what to do next in their career
Option 1: Your Perfect Future
This workshop allows young people to identify their strengths and preferences, gain insights into job market trends, explore successful goal settings methods and brainstorm about their next career steps.
For the Adventurous students
who would like to try something new in their career
Option 2: Your Perfect Gap Year
With the current economic climate and employers valuing more and more soft skills, there has never been a better time to take a gap year that helps you to develop these skills. During the workshop young people will get up-to-date information and advice on how to plan a successful gap year that actually helps them in their career.
For the Job Hunters
who need the last piece of advice before their final run
Option 4: IS YOUR CV JUICY ENOUGH TO IMPRESS EMPLOYERS?
Learning the key principles of an effective CV that is:
- Job relevant
- presents Your soft skills
Option 5: USING LINKEDIN FOR JOB OPPORTUNITIES
In the current job market, it is no longer enough to simply have a solid CV. Young job seekers now need a professional online presence to land a job. A good place to start is LinkedIn – an online networking platform that allows young people to connect with employers and recruiters. During the workshop participants will learn how to use LinkedIn to find and apply for jobs, apprenticeships and work experience placements.
For the Employables
who need to become super-employable to meet the current market demands
Option 6: THE ART OF CONFIDENT COMMUNICATION
By attending this workshop young people will learn how to communicate effectively and confidently with employers. During the session, they will:
- Explore the power of first impressions
- Learn how to listen actively
- Master the language of benefits when presenting their skills
Option 7: Express Yourself: Pitching Your Skills to Employers
Since we interact with each other every day, we believe that we know how to communicate effectively. Sadly, not many of us can say we have truly mastering the art of communication especially when it comes to presenting our skills to employers. During the session, young people will:
- Identify their strengths
- Explore methods of effective presentations
- Prepare their “skill pitch”
Option 8: Your Professional Image – Dress to Impress
We never get a second chance to generate a first good impression during an interview. Find out how to make a great first impression every time by adjusting and modelling your appearance. During the session, young people will:
- Learn about the importance of personal image
- Explore how to dress to make a powerful and positive first impression
- Explore hot tips on professional body language