As Adam Jacobs, Co-founder of Hatch describes, Hatch is a business that matches young people with junior roles. For them a formal CV is not the most reliable or fairest way to judge whether a young person is the right person for a particular job.
Jessica Tucci is National Employer Brand Leader at PwC in the People and Culture division. She describes the PwC approach to employing young people as changing in the last few years to ensure the company’s methods of recruitment and selection enables a broader and deeper pool of talent while also providing better matches between people and roles.
As Kath McCann, Chief Operating Officer of Beacon Foundation describes, ‘Appropriately resourced intermediaries can work between industry, business, schools and students to create meaningful work-based learning opportunities for young people.'
'Structured workplace learning is more hands on than traditional work experience which has an observational focus rather than a doing angle.'
The pros and cons of digital experiences are everywhere. Our frustrations are real, but even in areas where collaboration and innovation is the main focus of the activity, new connections are still being celebrated.
‘A lot of our young people do casual work - how can we show that too? We currently have a siloed approach. The skills young people are learning in casual work, part time work and volunteering aren’t being embedded or recognised in their education.’
SmartMate’s fellowship program offers young people a pathway from Uni into the startup industry – with an application process designed to reward those with curiosity, passion and an experience with failure, rather than those who have completed their degree with flawless results. We spoke with Cameron Ensor, StartMate's Student Fellowship Associate to find out more.