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       Entrepreneur Issues Challenge To Tackle Youth Unemployment Or Lose Your Pension

       By Passion for the Planet
       Dated: Oct 19, 2009

       “It is all of our responsibility to combat youth unemployment. Without their contribution the pensions of my
       generation will suffer” states Graham Hill, co-founder of telephone answering service, Verbatim.


        Entrepreneur Challenges Small Businesses To Help Tackle Youth Unemployment

       “It is all of our responsibility to combat youth unemployment. Without their contribution the pensions of
       my generation will suffer” states Graham Hill, co-founder of telephone answering service, Verbatim.

        This month (October) the Future Jobs Fund*, created by the Government in the 2009 Budget, will award
       its first grant with the aim of creating new jobs for young people. And Graham Hill is taking this
       opportunity to challenge other small businesses to help tackle youth unemployment by taking on a modern
       apprentice or a offering a work experience placement.

        “It is mutually advantageous to get involved in helping to reduce youth unemployment. There are over 4
       million small businesses in the UK who employ between 1 and 10 people. If only 1 in 5 could take on a
       young person youth unemployment would be solved.” explains Graham.

        Youth unemployment needs a different approach to the usual job creation strategies. Most young people
       cannot be expected to step into a job and be left to get on with it, as older more experienced staff can. A
       young person is likely to need some form of training – either informally by their colleagues or formally
       through specific training schemes.

        Verbatim has long put its money where its mouth is by employing young people within the team. The first
       was Jodie Piper when she graduated from Newbury College in 1998 and was taken on as a Modern
       Apprentice through the Learning Skills Council.(in those days Verbatim paid her to attend college one day
       per week to NVQ level 2 in Customer Service). Jodie was trained and mentored by her colleagues and
       became an asset to the business. She loved the work and Verbatim were thrilled with her. Not long after,
       Jodie’s mother joined the team having been recommended by her daughter.

        Now Verbatim has a team of young people working within the company and is sponsoring them all to
       complete their NVQ level2 qualifications.

        “If we don’t tackle youth unemployment now, people of my generation can say goodbye to their pensions.
       This will cause huge social problems in the future – problems that the Government and Welfare State will
       be left to deal with. We need to act now and the Government needs to make it easier for small businesses to
       take on young people. At Verbatim, as far as we are concerned if a young person has a good attitude and a
       good general education, we can train them ourselves.” says Graham.

        Modern apprenticeship or work experience can be of great benefit to both the young person and the
       company hosting them. And yet despite the Government’s rhetoric they are not helping companies connect
       with young people in order to offer them placements.

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 “We recently called Reading University to offer a work placement to a graphic design student – but my
calls were never returned.” says Graham, “I then called the job centre and they couldn’t help, instead they
directed me the Backing Young Britain** website. This is a great idea but with no contact details and no
practical support to help businesses back young Britain, we once again drew a blank.”

 This seems to be in complete contradiction to a declaration that Lord Mandelson made while visiting
Nottingham this August. He said: "We are looking to the private sector, public sector and third sector to
help us to create places and opportunities for young people to make sure, as a result, we do not see a lost

Eventually Graham was contacted about a youth employment symposium being held at Westminster this
November. The fee to attend was £550 but did not offer any content or even a forum for small businesses.

 “This is an astounding oversight on the Government’s part.” says Graham Hill. “Most large corporate are
shedding jobs at the moment. But good quality SME’s are taking on staff. These are the businesses that the
Government should be targeting and helping to employ young people, either through modern
apprenticeships or by facilitating work placements.”

 Verbatim is calling on all small businesses to consider taking on a young person as an apprentice or for a
work placement and is challenging the Government to help small businesses tap into the youth market
giving young people a future.

 Editors Notes
 Graham Hill from Verbatim is available for interview and comment.
 Graham can talk about his experiences of employing young people, how other companies can do the same,
the benefits of employing young people, why tackling youth unemployment is so important, why he is
challenging local businesses and the Government to step up and tackle this issue before its too late.

Jodie Piper is also available for interview to talk about her experiences.

Pictures of Graham, Jodie and/or the team of young people are also available.

Please contact Graham Hill on 01635 573208 or gh@ThePhoneAnsweringService.co.uk
Web: www.ThePhoneAnsweringService.co.uk

 Or Chantal Cooke at PRdemystified on 07788 184 649 / 020 8544 0091 /

 *Future Jobs Fund - http://campaigns.dwp.gov.uk/campaigns/futurejobsfund/
 **Backing Young Britain - http://interactive.bis.gov.uk/backingyoungbritain/
 Verbatim is a professional phone answering service founded in 1997 to provide a professional, business
friendly outsourced reception and call answering service for SME's.

 Now 12 years on Verbatim represents over 550 clients answering half a million calls a year for
independent professionals, SME's, the professions and large blue chip organisations.


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Category           Business, Telecom, Government
Tags               unemployment, Youth, entrepreneur, Business, pension
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