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KATHY DOHERTY , HR DIRECTOR EMEA AT CUBIC CORPORATION

I t can be extremely difficult for teenagers and young adults to land their first job , even honing in on what they might like to do once they leave full time education can be a challenge .

College and university isn ’ t for everyone , and alternative routes – such as apprenticeships – enable young people to access the same careers and qualifications with the added bonus of real-life hands-on experience .
Stepping into the world of work for the first time can be daunting . By welcoming young people into our workplaces , organisations can start them off on their career journey by giving them a taste of working life , helping to develop their confidence along the way .
Even a short period of unpaid work experience is a boost to their CV , giving them something to talk about at future interviews . At Cubic , we support young people at all ages and stages , from job shadowing in Year 11 through to graduate roles for university leavers .
Apprenticeship and graduate schemes in particular offer young people all the tools they need to thrive in the world of work .
Working alongside industry professionals , they are able to gain valuable experience and hone the skills needed to hit the ground running in a full-time role . Exploring different technologies , job roles and departments , apprentices can experience first-hand new innovations shaping the industry .
Having a workplace mentoring scheme in place can supplement this training , helping to inspire and upskill young workers , while increasing employee satisfaction .
Investing in young people is a key part of driving innovation . In the transportation industry , bringing in and developing the next generation from the very beginning of their careers helps to create an ecosystem dedicated to improving the way people move around their towns and cities .
In particular , investing in diversity ensures that business leaders and their teams can lay the foundations for shaping the future of this progressive industry sector as it prepares to push ahead with new technologies that will sustain the next era of mobility . Each successive generation experiences life through a completely different lens – coloured by technology , current affairs , popular culture and more . Bringing young people into a team expands diversity of thought . I ’ ve seen first-hand how younger colleagues have generated ideas and approaches which have helped us change up the way that we do things for the better .
And , as a business , the tailored learning that we give our apprentices means that we have a ready supply of people with exactly the skills and experience we need to meet the needs of our business for the future . Investing in young people should be a strategic priority for all businesses .

BRINGING YOUNG PEOPLE INTO A TEAM EXPANDS DIVERSITY OF THOUGHT .
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