Employment initiatives from Hire Association Europe and Event Hire Association (HAE EHA) have been launched to attract talent to the UK’s rental sector.
The measures, which include 40 six-month work placements across England and Wales, and are designed to help mitigate the long-term effects of Covid-19 on employment and the economy.
HAE EHA in the UK is a provider of the Department of Work and Pensions’ Kickstart Scheme, a government initiative that creates work placements for people aged 16-24 at risk of long-term unemployment.
The association has partnered with MyKindaFuture, an organisation that works with employers “to attract, place and retain overlooked and diverse talent” in the workplace.
Under Kickstart around 40 six-month placements have been provided by HAE EHA members across England and Wales for paid work experience in rental operations. Funding is also available to support young people moving into employment after the scheme.
“In addition to the tragic loss of life, Coronavirus has cost many people their jobs and potentially reduced the level of guidance and support for youngsters just starting their working lives,” the association said.
“However, with the help of these new initiatives, this negative can be turned into a positive and hire companies now have the opportunity to engage with workers and make them aware of the industry and the different career paths on offer.”
HAE EHA has also signed up to the Gatsby Benchmark, a framework of eight guidelines for careers provision in secondary schools, funded by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).