Hire Association Europe (HAE) has been awarded Gold level of the highly anticipated, new Talent Match Mark scheme, recognising that they are an employer who creates opportunities for young people at one of the highest levels.
Talent Match Mark is a nationwide scheme, founded by the Talent Match programme, London Youth and Youth Employment UK, which launched on 14th July, making HAE one of the first businesses to receive the prestigious Gold level award. The scheme aims to solve the problem of young people struggling to gain work experience, and is dedicated to recognising employers who are focused on creating opportunities for them. The hope is that by launching this scheme, it will encourage other employers to do the same.
HAE was awarded the Gold level due to the vast number of opportunities it offers young people. These include its Future Hirers programme, which involves actively visiting schools and colleges to promote entry level jobs, work experience placements targeting 16-24 year olds, and their Career PATH (Progression And Training in Hire) apprenticeship programmes, which provide a number of entry level positions, including Level 5 NVQ graduate entry level targeting 18-30 year olds.
As a Talent Match Mark employer, HAE demonstrates commitment to the 5 youth friendly principles; creating opportunity, recognising talent, fair employment, developing young people and listening to the youth voice. The association is advised on its application processes for young people by DWP and JCP, and their application processes are in conjunction with CITB and NCAS.
HAE managing director, Graham Arundell comments: “It is an honour to receive the Gold level award of the Talent Match Mark scheme. We have always been, and will continue to be, dedicated to creating opportunities for, and working with, young people. We have spent considerable time developing our youth employment schemes to make them the best that they can be for young people, and it is fantastic that this has been recognised. I hope the Talent Match Mark scheme encourages many other employers to do the same.”
HAE is dedicated to continuing its focus on investing in young people to give them the best start in their careers, through offering diverse involvement in their work experience programmes, where candidates spend time working cross-department in commercial, operations and marketing and offering every young person a personal mentor.
Laura-Jane Rawlings, CEO of Youth Employment UK added: “We are delighted to be awarding HAE the Talent Match Mark Gold Award. HAE are an organisation committed to youth employment and supporting as many young people to develop successful careers in their industry as possible. This award shows they offer many different quality opportunities that inspire, support and engage with young people.