Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Employer Focus: Henderson Loggie - Accounting.

This week's employer highlight feature is Henderson Loggie, an accounting firm based in Scotland. Graeme Vigrow explains why working in accountancy can be a rewarding and exciting career. What's more you can now apply for a job at Henderson Loggie by clicking here.

“Would you like to study towards a globally recognised and respected professional qualification and be paid for doing so without ever having to go to University? Henderson Loggie can give you this opportunity via the Institute of Chartered Accountants Scotland (ICAS) Direct Entry route. You can read more about what it means to be a CA, ICAS and Direct Entry here: www.icas.org.uk

Who we are.
Okay, so we’re not one of the ‘Big 4’. We don’t have a prestigious London address, and can’t offer you international travel or glamorous pop star clients.

But look beyond our lack of a glossy brochure and you’ll find an ambitious firm with plans to grow the business, and we’re looking for individuals who can help us achieve this.

Henderson Loggie are currently one of the top 4 independent accountancy firms in Scotland. Our website provides more information on who we are and what we do. www.hendersonloggie.co.uk

What we offer.
We have a vacancy to offer to an ambitious, results driven person- a 5 year ICAS training contract via the direct entry route. This route is perfect if you feel that University is not for you. Within 5 years you can become a qualified CA, one of the most prestigious professional qualifications around. Your training, books and exams are all paid for you whilst your counselling member and your mentor are on hand to help you all the way.

You need to have a strong academic record but more importantly you also need the right skills and personal qualities which will ensure you can provide our wide range of clients with the highest quality service and professional advice.

We require applicants to have five A or B passes at Higher level (or equivalent) these must include English and maths and preferably achieved within the same academic year. If you meet this requirement we would like to hear from you. You can apply via the application process on the Recruit Work website.”

Click Here to find out more about Henderson Loggie Opportunities and to apply.
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Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Employment Improvement:

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Mid-month sees the release of the new employment rates within the UK – and it’s good but minor news. How has this month compared with last? Where are the Jobs coming from?  What’s the latest on average pay? Here’s a quick summary of what’s been going on.

Things are looking up for Jobseekers throughout the UK as employment has gone up 0.2% on the previous quarter and up 0.4% on the previous year. Regarding average pay there is also a small but steady increase, yet not quite yet comparative to that of rate of prices rising. Average pay rose by 1.1% compared with the same time last year, yet prices rising at a faster pace of 2.8%.

However, although improvement is clearly evident, there has been a shift in employment patterns. Employment in the UK public sector has taken an all-time low with employment in this sector dropping by 104,000 jobs from the same time last year. The public sector employs 19% of all working individuals in the UK which amounts to 5.7 million. 

Yet in the private sector, the number of people employed increase by 330,000 to 24.2 million. Without this sector providing jobs, these employment figures would not exist. David Kern, the chief economist at the British Chamber of Commerce recognises that the private sector is having a big impact on UK employment, especially when public sector employment is at an all-time low. He says,

“The further increase in private sector employment, at a time when the public sector is still shedding jobs, demonstrates yet again that private firms are able to drive the economy.”

It is becoming evident that although the unemployment situation is improving slowly, the rate of pay is increasing too slowly for this to make a significant impact on the economy.

With minor progress under way, let’s hope for more of the same next month. 

For a full report, visit http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/index.html

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Monday, 26 August 2013

Advice and Information of Organisations available for Young People in the UK to help with Employment:

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It can be a long and daunting process entering into the world of working opportunity and especially with an overwhelming wealth of information that is available on the internet. However, by reading this useful information that has been carefully selected for teenagers seeking employment or advice in the UK, you can be sure to make progress towards your career path.

The Princes Trust: (for those aged 16-30):

The Princes Trust has supported over 55,800 young people in the last year. They do so for Young People throughout the UK aged 16-25. There are a number of available programmes all suited to different people.

1.) The Enterprise Programme

This helps those from the age of 18 to 30 start-up their own business with financial help and support. The programme includes assistance with writing the business plan and a volunteer business mentor for your first 2 years of business. They help support your growing business financially for 3 years and do so by grants, loans and various other methods of financial support. This programme also allows young entrepreneurs to gain access to helpful seminars and marketing support. The success rates for this are really encouraging with 56% lasting to their third year of business and beyond.

2.) XL Clubs

These programmes are available for those aged 13 to 19 who are at risk of underachievement or exclusion. This is provided in an informal environment and offers 5 keys areas of personal development in which you can choose. This can be a really effective course in reengaging young individuals who are getting back on track with their learning.

3.) Team

These programmes benefit those of the 16-25 age range and they involve a 12 week personal development course which helps with both work experience and practical skills and includes a residential week and community projects. During the course a post-development plan is made for future plans which encourage 70% of these participants to go on to employment, training or education. The team challenges are a key benefit from the Team courses as they help you feel confident in working in a team, but also of their own abilities.

4.) Cash Awards

Cash awards of £50-500 can be awarded to those ages 14-25 to help gain skills. It can often be used for something that the individual cannot afford themselves. For example, this could be something like a Portfolio, a computing class to gain IT skills or the funds to enable you to complete a placement overseas. This is a good idea for those who may feel too daunted to participate in some of the more personal and intimate courses.

5.) Fairbridge Programme

This programme, for 13 to 25 year olds, is an individually tailored development programme for young people to gain personal and social skills needed to stabilise their life circumstances. This is mainly aimed at those from disadvantaged backgrounds, yet last year proved that 85% went on to positive outcomes.

6.) Get Into Programme

In these short vocational programmes, the sectors are chosen according to regional employment needs. Participants are work ready, but do not yet have the vocational skills. Practical and training & experience is provided so that will help enable you to get a job. This also provides the opportunity for you to meet potential employers.

7.) Get Started Programme

These short motivating courses are usually only 5-8 days long and for those ages 16-25. These effectively engage in young people using sports or the art and use these activities as a vehicle for personal development. The Princes Trust use these courses to aim the ‘target groups’.

The Princes Trust does a remarkable job in helping Young People throughout the UK. This is who they focus on helping:

-Unemployed Young people

-Young people underachieving in Education to combat truancy, exclusions and poor performance. This is where the XL course comes into pay and they are up and running within 300 schools across the UK.

-Young People leaving care as they are more likely to have less qualifications, low basic skills or be unemployed

-Young Offenders and Ex-Offenders – for this group there is a leaving prison mentoring act.

Recruitwork is an online platform that is designed to help employers and young people engage effectively. In using this platform employers can find the best young person to employ for their business and as a Jobseeker, you can effectively search & apply for a job, create CV’s and learn from a pool of resources including expert advice from senior executives. Recruitwork is designed to help our young demographic – from those at School (Teenwork) to those still in further education (Uniwork) to Graduates (Gradwork) – to find the right important early steps on their career ladder.

Recruitwork has constant jobs open for application for young people and registering is completely free to do.

This website provides a free online library of careers related to film, news and education. It is the digital new media partner to the Institute of Career Guidance (The largest UK and careers body.) The aim is to deliver the right information to careers, advisers and job seekers.

These are the various sections in which the website provides information:

1.) Apprenticeships:

There are multiple TV case studies with young people talking about their experience with various companies. It does boast an impressive range and number of companies from a variety of sectors, so this is a real benefit in showing how different companies operate and which ones would suit you.

2.) Going to University:

Again there are TV videos from students, lecturers, teachers and individuals from different companies talking about going to University and the information you will need to make the right decision about further education.

3.) Employers & Trainers:

Here the website tries to link together groups of people within the same skills arena for mutual benefit.

4.) Careers Mail:

This is a very useful tool in which you can choose which sections you would like to be kept in the loop with and set up an automatic email for when these topics become updated.

This is an independent careers library featuring interviews with young employees, apprentices and entrepreneurs who have been filmed in the workplace so that you can see what working life in various situations is really like. Their aim is to create inspiration and spark and provide useful links and to help young people make sense of their options.

This service does cost, however it is available in some schools and colleges.

£24.95: 3 month licence for a single household.

£295 + VAT: Annual licence for schools and colleges (compatible with all VLE’s.)

Certificate of Work Readiness:

For those aged 16 to 19, there is an option to undertake unpaid work experience which is assessed by the employer and represented by a certificate.

This is a cost effective way for businesses to integrate with young people as they know they are recruiting those with the skills they are looking for. Qualifications are approved by the SQA which gives you the chance to understand their business worthiness. It also gives something to show future employers of your skills gained.

It is a 10 week certificate completion minimum of 190 hours of work experience. The training provider is there for support to minimise the time you need to spend on the process.

A training allowance or Education Maintenance Allowance may be available to you. The training provider will visit the employer to agree what will be expected in the workplace and they will allocate a supervisor who is aware of the young person’s attendance, behaviour and achievement throughout the process. Assessment is completed using the scorecard completed at the end of the placement with support from the training provider.

Adopt an Intern is an organisation run by the Centre for Scottish Public Policy (CSPP). Adopt an Intern creates internship opportunities for graduates in Scotland. The programme was founded in 2012 and has since placed over 300 graduates. Not only are internship opportunities provided, but also a feedback feature shows you information on why your application was not successful, if this was the case.

Adopt an Intern has a Scotland and Germany exchange whereby 10 graduates are placed for 4 to 6 months abroad. Interns should be committed to giving at least 20 hours of their time for a period of at least 3 months in order to make the most out of the process. With Adopt and Intern you can apply for as many jobs as you wish although you will need a different cover letter each application.

This service is UK wide and provides information, advice and guidance for those aged 13 -18 to help you make decisions in learning, training and work experience. It is operated by full you trained careers advisors. The website has features including the action plan tool which helps you actively begin making progress in your employment development. Other features include the CV builder, job profiles, funding information and your learning record.

This service supports, funds and co-ordinates the delivery of apprenticeships throughout England. There are various types across the board to choose from ranging from agriculture, retail, IT, publishing, health and tourism. NAS also manage World Skills UK which drives the excellence in workplace skills through competition. They do this by encouraging local sellers and engaging in local competition. They also have ‘The Skills Show’ which aims to stimulate ambition and aspiration in young people. This event takes place to demonstrate the nations’ talent. You can apply for apprenticeships through the online system where employers can advertise their Apprenticeship job vacancies. This is a chance to bring value to an organisation while at the same time gaining important skills and confidence yourself.

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Young Person Employment - What and Why?

Why Employ Young People:
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Young People can help your business enter new markets by bringing fresh ideas which open up new and emerging customer groups. This is useful when your company may rely on a youthful customer base.

Reduce staff costs and de-risk recruitment: It is cost effective to recruit and train your own young person employee. Modern Apprenticeship’s often pay for themselves very quickly.

Improve staff retention: Investing in young people brings you returns in commitment and loyalty. Nurturing and unlocking people’s talent will motivate the company’s values and culture from the start and who have been trained and progressed with them are more likely to stay with the business. This helps maintain productivity and reduce future recruitment costs.

Skills tailored to your needs: off and on the job learning ensures they learn the skills that suit your business the best. You can also recruit young people with the skills you need via a range of initiatives, such as those delivered by the Prince’s Trust to graduate Internships.

Support Business Growth: young people are flexible in terms of their work patterns and can be more willing to move and work in different locations around the country and indeed the rest of the world. Some young people would in fact view this as an advantage of working for your company, so it would be the case of a satisfied enthusiastic employee rather than trying to persuade a, perhaps older, employee to do something that they are not happy with.

Employment Types:

By knowing the main ways in which young people can become involved in work besides regular full-time employment, you and your company can develop a best practice to go by when engaging in young people’s job development and the young person can take the most out of their experience.

Internships http://www.cipd.co.uk/hr-resources/guides/internships-employers-guide.aspx

Internships are a great way of utilising a young person’s early skill set and giving them an insight to your business. There are certain set of rules and guidelines for employers that should be followed when adopting an intern. By having a guide you are promoting best practice and it can be used as a development for organisations when they adopt interns the next time.

Internship Charter’ is the voluntary code of practice with 6 principles that can support employers when devising and implementing high quality Intern schemes. (CIPD)

1) Recruitment
2) Payment
3) Induction
4) Treatment
5) Supervision
6) Reference & Feedback

In further detail we can see how to follow these charter guidelines:

1.) Recruitment

The best way to recruit is to go is by open advertisement as it reaches a wider talent pool and this can make a real difference to the business. You should state the start date, length of employment, main duties, salaries & expenses and qualification requirements. You should ask for a CV and covering letter so that applicants are being received in the same way. Interviews for interns should be based more on employability skills rather than industry experience as this will obviously be at a limited stage.

2.) Payment

The law states an organisation should pay an individual undertaking an internship placement the National Minimum Wage. Travel costs should also be covered or reimbursed for interns carrying out duties whilst on placement. This is the practice to follow here as it not only increases the loyalty and motivation of the individual, but means you can rest assured that you are a law abiding company.

3.) Induction

Transitioning the intern into your business is an important step. It is important to make sure Health and safety, general procedures and a tour of the workplace are explained and delivered so there is no confusion in this area. Documentation of job outline should be given and communicated at the start of the placement to ensure no ambiguity. A work plan is a good way to identify your intern’s skills and help set the guidelines for the placement period.

4.) Treatment

Interns should be treated as though they are members of staff and so a level of professionalism should be maintained. By identifying their skills you can utilise your intern to benefit your company rather than having them perform mindless tasks. This will make the intern feel valued, and give them a chance to add value to your company.

5.) Supervision

It is a good idea to adopt a line manger so the intern knows who to report to. By building a supporting relationship, this person can act as a point of contact throughout the process. Performance reviews with the supervisor are a good way to help the development of the intern, but informal conversations are equally important.

6.) Reference and Feedback

A final review and meeting is a good way for interns to have confirmation of their learning. Organisations should supply a reference letter that details the work they have undertaken. This can include whether they have met their objectives and if they have had any achievements. Their responses will help you learn and possibly adapt for the future. Regular feedback is also useful to maintain positive learning.


Apprenticeships take place throughout all sectors of the UK which allow young people to receive training whilst working and getting paid. Often companies will hire their apprentices after their placement period if it has gone to plan. There are different government schemes in Scotland and England but both countries support the working scheme. Typically these would take place in vocational trades where apprentices can learn the skills ready to, if and when they are hired by the company, use their skills straight away.

Learning to work’ is an action-focused programme led by the CIPD to tackle the problem of Youth Employment. The aim is to achieve a shift in employer engagement with young people. There are 240 Apprenticeship frameworks across the UK. It is not just employers playing an important role, is it also parents, schools and the young people themselves. Today’s labour market is asking more and more for job specific skills and work experience – this is why apprenticeships are an important alternative to university education. The ‘Learning to Work’ programme is vital in addressing the severe problem of youth unemployment.

Modern Apprenticeships (Scotland): http://www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/

SDS support Modern Apprenticeships by providing the opportunity to individuals to secure industry recognised qualifications whilst earning a wage. Employers benefit from a skilled and productive workforce and from financial assistance for training through SDS. In 2013, there were 25,000 Modern Apprenticeships available.

Employer Recruitment Incentive: Until March 2015, SDS will continue to deliver a £1,500 incentive for 16 – 19 year olds undertaking a Modern apprenticeship in selected frameworks. (This is in support of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.)

Why are some Modern Apprentices more satisfied with elements than others?

-quality of training from provider
-quality of training from employer
-providers organisation of the apprenticeship
-balance between work and training within the apprenticeship
-support from the employer during the placement
-amount of training received.

This information is helpful because you can learn from other apprentices giving their feedback, and so adopt it when hiring more interns in the future.

Work Experiencehttp://www.cipd.co.uk/hr-resources/guides/work-experience-placements-work.aspx

This is voluntary and yet still based around by key principles the young people and employers agree to. Work experience can be helpful for those young people who are just being introduced into the world of work and want to try learning in different environments. This can be pivotal for young people as it could be their first taste of professionalism.

These guidelines are useful in remembering during a young person’s work experience with your company.

1.) Ensure the placement is tailored to the young person’s needs and circumstances.
2.) Ensure there is clarity on support, supervision and mentoring.
3.) Expectations are managed.
4.) Allow those doing work experience are treated as active members of staff.
5.) Allow those doing work experience are introduced to the structure of working life.
6.) Make it a positive working experience.
7.) Relate their skills and experience to the workplace and supported in making decisions.
8.) State the expectations at start; learn, respect values and abide by the rules.
9.) State employment options.
10.) Maintain an integrated approach to working with, investing in and recruiting and developing young people.

Social Enterprise and Third Sector Challenge Fund (Skills Development Scotland):

On behalf of the Scottish Government, 24 projects across Scotland have received investment from the fund with projections showing that more than 2000 young people will be given the chance to improve their employability.

Government, Legal & General Support:

Legal Support - https://www.gov.uk/employment-rights-for-interns

Rights of the Intern:

Firstly, establish your young person’s employment status. They will fall under the category of worker, volunteer or employee. A worker is classified as when there is a view for the intern becoming an employee. Workers qualify these various rights:

-National Minimum Wage
-Protection from unlawful decisions
-28 days holiday for a full year worked
-Rest breaks including 20 minutes rest for every 6 hours worked.
-The right to not work more than 48 hours per week.
-The right not to be discriminated against.

-Non-paid Young Person Working Involvement:

-Work Shadowing
-Work Experience
-Student Internships (involvement as part of higher education.)
-School Work Experience Programme.
-Volunteer Workers
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When employing a young person under the age of 18, whether for work or work experience, employers have the same responsibilities for their health, safety and welfare as they do for other employees.

This guidance will help those employing young people understand their responsibilities with regard to young people’s working rights.
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Agency & Government Bodies: Young Person Employment

Agency & Government Bodies:

Adopt and Intern (Scotland)
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- http://www.adoptanintern.org.uk/adopt-an-intern.html

Adopt an Intern is run by the Centre for Scottish Public Policy (CSPP). It offers structured placement opportunities that provide graduates with paid internships in cross-sector organisations throughout Scotland to gain experience.
This was founded in 2010 and since then, the programme has placed over 300 graduates.

The Scottish and EU government funding enables funded graduates placement with charities, socials enterprises and start-up companies.

Employer funded internships across public, private and third sectors account for over 50% of all their internships demonstrating a growing commitment from Scotland’s employers.

The overall aim is to provide meaningful opportunities for graduates to gain paid work experience in order to assist their access into the labour market or any other positive destination. They are trying to get graduates engaging in the work place.

Career Academies (UK) -http://www.careeracademies.org.uk/
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Career Academies were founded in 2002 to bridge the gap between education and work by giving young people access to real experience of the world of work.

They work with over 140 schools and colleges who operate 180 Careers Academies across the UK. Almost 4,000 students have now graduated from the scheme.

They provide paid internships for those aged 16-19, hosted by employer volunteers and motivational lecturers. This programme helps young people learn valuable skills which will help with work in later life
Over the UK, Career Academies work with 4,000 volunteers from the public private and third sector. Almost one third of the FTSE 100 companies are involved in the scheme.

Recruitwork (UK)
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- https://recruitwork.co/

Recruitwork is an online Recruitment platform that is designed to make employers and young people engage effectively. This platform allows employers to find the best young person to employ for their business. As well as helping the employer, Recruitwork helps the young demographic – school leavers, students and graduates to find the right important steps on their careers ladder. The jobseeker focus allows a bank of young people looking for jobs available to the employer.

Recruitwork is currently the technology partner to The Edinburgh Guarantee, helping students into school leaver programmes in Edinburgh.
For the Job Seeker, please visit Teenwork, Uniwork and Gradwork.

Youth Employment Fund (Scotland) - http://www.employabilityinscotland.com/employability/youth-employment/

Scottish Government introduced the Youth Employment Fund as a long term investment to begin to enable all young people to access and progress in learning and help them develop the skills for employment. The following investments, expected to help youth unemployment dramatically have been made:

2012-2015: Youth Employment fund of £30m in addition to the £1.5b already invested in post 16 education and training.

£5m fund to link 2500 young people to Commonwealth Games etc.

£25m of European structured funds in the lowlands and uplands area to support for a range of initiatives prioritising youth employment and supporting young people towards and into work.

Confederation of British (CBI) – Work Programme -

The Work Programme is the Government’s employment scheme which is free to businesses. It is the biggest back-to-work scheme ever in the UK. Financial support is given to firms that recruit 18 – 24 year olds through the work programme and keep them on for at least 6 months. They could be entitled Up to £2275 through the government’s Youth Programme. There is support for new workers to work with you to develop a bespoke programme for potential employees, making their inductions quick and cost effective.

The programme also provides on-going training and employment assistance which can assists with training needs from basic H&S through to taking on an apprentice.

£580m estimated to have been invested in the work programme by the 18 prime providers in 2011/2012.

3.3 million Jobseekers are expected to be supported by the Work Programme by 2015/2016.

£1.95 estimated to be saved by the Work Programme for every £1.00 that goes into it.

Job Centre Plus (JCP)(UK)
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- http://www.jobcentreguide.org/

JCP is run by the Department of Work and Pensions, created to help those of all ages get jobs. The organisation offers schemes to help people find or develop skills they can use for work. They do this by working closely with the local communities organising work initiatives and volunteering schemes to help people gain experience in their chosen field of work.

JCP can also do more to increase awareness by signposting employers to work programme providers. In 2010, 15% or employers only used JCP when recruiting, but research showed that when they are picking candidates from as broad a pool as possible it results in a more efficient labour market which is better for the economy as a whole.

By understanding all of the employment frameworks, you can choose the option which best suits your business. Legal and Government policies are helpful when determining contracts and rules of the young person’s working experience as this ensure all employment laws and health and safety regulations are being taken into consideration.
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Scottish Government - 'Make Young People Your Business' Week

Starting today, August 26th, the Scottish Government has launched 'Make Young People Your Business' Week. There is a push here for employers to do more to help young unemployed people into work and show the value that they can add to the workplace. This week also aims at increasing the awareness of the financial and advisory help that is available to invest in young people. 

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Angela Constance, the Minister for Youth Employment said about the aims of the coming week, 

“This is about enabling employers help a young employee make the most of their potential, and making further progress with youth employment figures. My fellow ministers and I plan to visit as many employers as we can to raise awareness among the business world, and the public and third sectors, that we have a talented young workforce that is incredibly keen to take their first steps on the career ladder. Key partners such as Skills Development Scotland will also have a pivotal role." 

And Skills Development Scotland are indeed having a pivotal role by providing their support and information. They have dedicated a Make Young People Your Business Section to their website which provides advice for employers to carry out the aim that this week intends. 
UK Commission for Employment and Skills

This week is a good move for young person employment and will help boost economic growth in the long run. 

Click here for more information on the Scottish Government's plans for helping young people in employment and see how you can get involved! 
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Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Sir Tom Hunter gives advice to young people

Sir Tom Hunter has received a Knighthood for his services to philanthropy and Entrepreneurship in Scotland, and is a partner of West Cost Capital - so he know's what he's talking about it! Listen to Tom give advice to young people for the future. For the remainder of the videos, go to https://www.youtube.com/user/Recruitwork.
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Monday, 12 August 2013

How To: Write a Cover Letter (Example Included)

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It is always a good idea to include a cover letter with your CV application as it can be tailored specifically to the company that you are applying to and gives you a chance to respond directly to the job description.

  1. Start with reading the job description very carefully as you will be using this to format your letter. It might be a good idea to write down the main points that are being put across so you will remember to respond to them all. 
  2. If you have a name, address using this in your cover letter. If not, then address the letter to the person in charge of the postings applications, for example the HR manager. Mention the job advertisement and state where you saw the job opening, what it is, and that you want to apply for the position. 
  3. State why you are applying for the job and which part of the description you found particularly suited your interest and why. This is where you show the employer that you will be the perfect fit for this role by explaining your professional qualities that can be applicable to this position. You can mention here your current occupation and/or studies and explain how they may link you to this role. 
  4. Explain what it is about the company and industry that you are drawn to. If you have future plans related to this industry or job then mention this as employers will understand that you are thinking about this opportunity long term. State the benefit this experience would bring to you, and the effort you would put in if you were to gain the opportunity. 
  5. Thank the employer for considering your application and use a positive forward looking sentence to round up the letter. 
  6. Sit back and wait to hear the result! 


Dear Niall Grant,

I am applying for the position of Project Co-ordinator Intern at Recruitwork, as displayed on the ‘Adopt an Intern’ website.

Out with my interest for social enterprise and young person employment, I carry professional qualities applicable to this position. My determination to secure a position as Managing Director of Edinburgh University’s Business Society, has allowed me to lead a team to maintain and develop the long run student society in a variety of events and sponsor activities. This position requires a positive and hard-working attitude, whilst using initiative and management skill to achieve results and maintain a professional yet enjoyable working environment.

Furthermore the dedication to my Undergraduate degree in Business & Entrepreneurship at The University of Edinburgh has allowed my skills and knowledge of Marketing, International Business and Enterprise to develop and be applied vocationally.

Recruitwork is an admirable business, representing an industry sector in which I take a particular interest. I would be delighted at the opportunity to work with you; I would be fully committed throughout, positively enthusiastic and contribute to the Project Plan and commercial activities as set by directors. I am driven to secure a career in this industry and this opportunity would be an excellent experience for me. I hope to use my skills to contribute to your company.

Thank you for taking the time to consider my application and I look forward to the possibility of working with Recruitwork.

Yours Sincerely,

Shelagh Greene

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The Young Entrepreneur

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Young entrepreneurs at the end of their tether may find themselves procrastinating upon blogs such as this one in a desperate attempt to find the solutions to your business start-up problems. The nascent stages of entrepreneurship creation can be quite the nightmare in an economic climate that is today’s stingy state of affairs, doubled with the fact that you have probably never done anything like this before! Thankfully as the people of Recruitwork are so kind and giving, we have provided a helpful little guide of options that The Princes Trust offer, for you to scrutinise and hopefully identify an entrepreneurial opportunity!

The Princes Trust has supported over 55,800 young people in the UK last year. They do so for Young People aged 16-25. There are a number of available programmes which are suited to different groups of young people, including those of the budding entrepreneur type!

Princes Trust Enterprise Programme

This helps those from the age of 18 to 30 start-up their own business with financial help and support from the trust. The programme includes assistance with writing your business plan and a volunteer business mentor for your first 2 years of business. They will help support your growing business financially for 3 years and do so by grants, loans and various other methods of financial support. This programme also allows young entrepreneurs like you to gain access to helpful seminars and marketing support. The success rates for this are really encouraging with 56% lasting to their third year of business and beyond. If you fall into the right age range, are unemployed and unable to raise all the finances to start-up a business from other sources (for example banks and friends & family) this could be the option that helps you launch your own business. With 87% of the participants of this programme agreeing the help they received satisfied their goals, it is a sure-fire plan to consider.

2.)    Development Awards

Cash awards of £50-500 can be awarded to those ages 14-25 to help individuals gain more skills. It can often be used for something that you may not be able to afford yourself. For example, this could be something like a Portfolio or the funds to enable you to compete for a placement overseas. Although this is not always directly relevant to entrepreneur-ism as it is aimed at helping a wide range of young people, there are opportunities within this scheme that can be particularly helpful to young entrepreneurs. For example, a class in a computing to gain IT skills necessary for your business progression or web designing skills to kick start your website. The skills you may learn from taking this option could indeed be of great value to your business development.

So now you can feel much less guilty than you did about five minutes ago, before reading this wonderful blog. Use this information and check out the Princes Trust to see where you fit in and how you can benefit!
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How to get your first job

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1.)  Don’t ask, don’t get.

Asking around is one of the easiest ways to suss out your local possibilities. It doesn't matter whether you are at the barbers, supermarket or local café, by simply asking staff members whether there are available job opportunities or if they are aware of any elsewhere, you are potentially skipping the searching step (which is the longest part in the process!). Most people will be happy to help you.

2.)  Bottom of the pecking order.

Nobody’s first job is their absolute dream, so don’t spend forever searching for the coolest job around. The chances are you won’t find it, or you may fall short of the qualifications for it, so use your time finding something that is suitable for where you are at this stage in your career. Even if a job seems unappealing on paper, it could turn out to be really interesting, a great way to meet new people or very fast moving. Whatever you end up with, the fact that you were actively seeking employment and will have learnt precious skills from this, will allow you to get further in your next job application.

3.)  CV Superstar

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It is never too early to have a bash at getting your CV going. You may think you have little to add to your CV but once you start writing about all the things you have achieved, even throughout school, they can add up to form an investable character. Think of the positions you may have had at school or maybe with a sports club and these can be transferred to qualities necessary for jobs you may also be interested in. For example if you were a sports captain of some sort you could say that you have leadership qualities and work well in a team. Ask for help with this one, parents, teachers and friends are sometimes better at spotting your talents that you are. Visit Teenwork to start writing your CV to an audience of employers.

4.)  Preparation is key.

You may well need your passport number or National Insurance number with you when filling out application forms. By having this information ready to use, not only is it much easier than going home and returning a few hours later, but you come across to potential employers as organised and someone that used their initiative. More than anything, you will avoid the embarrassment of seeming unprepared in front of employers who don’t yet know how great you are!
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How To: Write a CV

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As unemployment rates remain unfairly high for 16-25 year olds, it has become a battle to the death for jobs. Everyone starts in the same position: applying with your CV. So it makes sense really – write a top notch CV and get on to the next stage of the application process.

Read this article, write a brilliant CV and get the job. Simple.

You can also start writing your CV on either https://teenwork.co/ (for teenagers), https://uniwork.co/ (for University students) or https://gradwork.co/ (for graduates), and allow our network of UK employers to find your CV!

Personal Details –

Keep it simple and provide your up-to-date contact details. You no longer need to provide your date of birth but you can do so if you feel that it will make you look like a young prodigy.

Work Experience

Here you list your work and volunteer experience. It may be a good idea to separate these two categories. List your most recent experience first including company, job title and descriptions. In your descriptions you can list the responsibilities you had and how you contributed to the role. This is your opportunity to show the employer how your skills can be transferred into a paid employment role, and get them thinking about how you would fit their current vacancy.

It is ok to be top heavy when describing more recent roles as they will most likely be more relevant to this application. It is also acceptable to only briefly mention the assistant hairdressing job you had when you were 15 in very little detail, whilst it is good to show you have been working from a young age, there is only so far you can stretch ‘sweeping hair’.

Qualifications & Education –

Again list your most recent qualifications first. Depending on where you are in your educational ladder, start with a tertiary education qualification such as a University undergraduate or Masters degree and then work your way back to Highers and Advanced Highers or O & A levels if you stayed at school this long, and if not, your Standard Grades or GCSE’s. For those still in further education, you can still list your current studies and state your expected finish date.

Achievements & Extra Information –

This is where you mention awards or skills you gained at school like Duke of Edinburgh, First Aid or a sporting achievement like captaincy or long term contribution. Maybe you are multilingual? Maybe you are an IT god? Employers want to know this. Choose the achievements that separate you from the competition. Just don’t mention the cycling proficiency you got in primary 5.

Interests –

It doesn't always matter if your interests reflect the job directly but having a keen interest or passion in something shows employers a side to your personality and it adds some character to an otherwise factual CV. However quite often your interests and character fit with the role can also be of importance in your application. For example, if you love to travel, this may stand well for an application with a Global company whereby the position is geographically transferable.

References –

Include 2 referees who can give you a character reference at short notice. You should get permission to include these people and inform them that you are applying for jobs so that they will not be caught off guard if they are contacted. One of these individuals should be a recent employer if possible. Don’t make a rookie mistake and include family members.

General Rules –

Check, check, and check again. Including a spelling mistake or typo is embarrassing and unprofessional. Don’t do it. Check it. Ask someone else to check if for you, then, check again. Check?

Limit your CV to two pages as this is the British standard that employers will be used to.

Keep it clean:

  • Make sure your CV is formatted neatly and professionally with consistent headings and font. Keep to a plain font that is easy to read and make it size 11 or 12.
  • Put your headings in bold or underline so that they stick out.
  • Don’t cram too much into your CV. There needs to be enough ‘white space’ so that employers can read through without getting a headache from too much text.

Use this information to take on those other young people who are trying to steal your job opportunity. Take them on and win! You owe it to this blog.

Remember to include your CV on either https://teenwork.co/ (for teenagers), https://uniwork.co/ (for University students) or https://gradwork.co/ (for graduates), to allow our network of UK employers to find your CV!
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