RNN Training, in partnership with Rotherham College, North Notts College, Dearne Valley College and University Centre Rotherham (UCR), has launched an Employer Promise campaign.

RNN Training is asking employers across South Yorkshire and North Nottinghamshire to pledge their support to ensure that young people are given every opportunity to secure employment in their chosen sector.

There are over 700,000 young people due to leave school or college this year. They are faced with an economy that has shrunk in the last four months and uncertainty when it comes to their prospects of entering the labour market – the Association of Colleges estimate that over half will struggle to find meaningful employment.

RNN Training is asking local businesses to support this at-risk generation in whatever way they can following the recent Government announcement of the ‘Kickstart Scheme’ and its role in creating new jobs for young people.

RNN Training offers advice to businesses in getting the most out of a funded work placement, a traineeship or an apprenticeship; helps business identify potential new roles that a young person could fill, talk through Government funding options, and help to access the recently announced grants of up to £2000 per apprentice.

RNN Training Director of Employer Partnerships James Godsell works with local and national employers to place enthusiastic and skilled young people into businesses across a wide variety of industries.

James said: “At RNN Training we welcome the Chancellor’s announcement of the Kickstart Scheme. We see, through our existing network of 700 employers, the impact that young people have on business.

“Latest figures suggest that 91% of apprentices are retained in employment, or further training, and the beauty of today’s apprenticeships is that they have been designed and approved by industry. So, as well as getting a fresh burst of enthusiasm to your business, an apprentice can, within a short time-period, be a trained professional with exactly the skills you require.

“We know that not every business is going to be in a position to take on an apprentice – or offer a funded work placement to a college leaver – and take advantage of the bonuses and grants available for doing so. But we believe every business can play a part in providing opportunities to ensure that talented young people aren’t left behind, and retain their interest in entering their industry.

“We are asking businesses to pledge whatever they can, whether it be voluntary work experience, a toolbox talk to a group of students, engaging in our Employer Academies, or any other activity that will keep these talented young people engaged whilst the economy recovers from the shockwaves of COVID-19.”