Lotus HR is getting to work – helping make Croydon's youth employable.

27 Feb

Lotus HR will join more than 120 other leading employers and other organisations, such as universities at Croydon College next month - to help students with their future careers or learning choices.

The week-long employability event, which starts on 2 March, aims to keep students one step ahead in the jobs market, helping them to hone and showcase their skills as well as giving them the knowledge they need for future work experience and jobs.

Employers meanwhile get the opportunity to explain about their organisation and the types of careers available as well as the qualifications, skills and experiences they are looking for.

The first employability event - held last year - proved a massive success, giving students the chance to meet employers and access expert careers advice, as well as coaching for job interviews; the 2015 event is building on that success.

This year  Lotus HR  will be one of those alongside the likes of Crystal Palace FC, Google, London Ambulance Service, TFL, Gatwick Airport, NHS and Hilton Hotels, giving students  employability advice straight from the ‘horse's mouth’.

Lorraine Foster, HR Advisor at Lotus HR explains why she’s decided to take part. “I manage an apprentice from Croydon College and I am also a student at the University Centre, working towards a post graduate HR qualification. Living and working in the Croydon area I feel it is important to focus on guiding the youth in any way possible. If I can provide advice that helps a young person to better understand what the world of work is like and what they need to equip themselves to be ready, then I am happy to do so.

Croydon has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in London which is why college principal Frances Wadsworth thinks the event is so important for the students' future success.

“Today’s job market is more competitive than ever, and it’s our responsibility to ensure that our students are one step ahead of the competition and that we lift their experiences and their ambitions – it’s all about work.

"The week gives our students an opportunity to find out more about the educational and employment opportunities available to them.  By meeting employers and representatives from other relevant institutions, our students gain an invaluable insight into the world of work and other options available. We are incredibly grateful to the organisations working with us.”