School leavers dismiss ‘boring’ council careers

first_imgSchool leavers dismiss ‘boring’ council careersOn 2 Dec 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. School leavers are rejecting careers in local government because they seethem as dull, bureaucratic and hard to get into. Research by communications company Riley HR Gardens also shows that youngpeople thought local authority jobs would not challenge their initiative andthat skills gained would not be transferable to the private sector. The survey asked more than 100 first jobbers and school leavers whether theywould like to work within the local authority sector – two-thirds of schoolleavers ranked local government jobs as 1 or 2, with 1 being ‘not at all’ and 5being ‘very much’. The findings show that councils must work harder to engage youth. Only 14per cent of school leavers had discussed local government with careersadvisers, but, of those who had, 80 per cent expressed an increased interest inlocal authorities. The failure to attract school leavers is in marked contrast with graduates,who find local government the fifth most attractive employer in Britain,according to the Association of Graduate Recruiters’ Gradfacts survey. Andreas Ghosh, chairman of the Society of Personnel Officers’ recruitmentand retention working group, said that local authorities needed to promotethose jobs that would appeal to young applicants. “The perception of working in local government is often influenced byan image that most of the jobs are working in ‘the town hall’,” he said.”In fact, most are jobs that interact with local communities such asteachers and working with the environment.” Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img