The Talent of Youth

Here at The Apprentice Academy, we’re huge advocates of Manchester’s young talent. So when Apprentice, Liam Weaver, Social Media Executive at WeAreAdam, approached us with a guest blog about that very topic – we were delighted! Have a read of Liam’s unique viewpoint, and feel free to Tweet us or Tweet Liam with what you think.

This may seem like a piece of shameful self-promotion for me and any fellow ‘youngsters’ in work at the moment, but I assure you, I have a few semi-relevant points you can take away from this.

Although it’s becoming a lot more common, the injection of youth into companies of any size still poses big questions about its long term value and risk.

858,900 Apprentices started in a placement last year, a record high for the country. The number is only set to rise further in the future giving a positive outlook for the University alternative.

Apprenticeship success stories are always good to hear, and there are many more examples of where young people have made a difference.

It might seem like a bit of a strange one to use, but I’m going to use Southampton Football Club. The South Coast club are in their second season of the Premier League and have had noticeable success so far, sitting comfortably in 9th position. A real factor in their success has been the introduction of several young players who have progressed through the youth academy and into the first team. Players such as Luke Shaw and James Ward-Prowse who are only 18 and 19 respectively, have regularly started and played against top clubs like Chelsea, Arsenal and Man City.

With a bit of self-belief, determination and desire to innovate; young people can make an impact with the ‘big dogs’ in the industry.

Generation Y have a brilliant opportunity to use their existing core knowledge to assist employers in a time of great digital transition and technological advancement. The majority of young people are naturally digitally literate and can be a great asset to any company they may enter. Optimisation and creativity are key skills they can bring in if given the chance.
A report from O2 last year highlighted the need for more young talent. They predicted that the UK will require an additional 745,000 new workers with digital skills by 2017.

By Liam Weaver

Social Media Executive at Adam Recruitment