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Posted On: 2nd May 2013

Young Jobseekers on ITV

Kate being interviewed
Kate and her friends
Kate being filmed for the piece

A group of Fixers, concerned by the level of unemployment in Cornwall, are creating a unique ‘top trumps’ campaign to raise the profile of young jobseekers.

 

Lead Fixer Kate Rogers (19) and her friends are all currently unemployed and all feel embarrassed to be relying on jobseekers allowance benefits to get by.

 

The group from Liskeard, Cornwall, are concerned that employers are not taking youth unemployment seriously, and do not realise how difficult it is to secure employment.

 

By producing an eye-catching CV pack - including unique ‘top trump’ cards displaying their picture and expertise – the group hope to simplify the recruitment process for employers and show them straight away exactly why they should get the job.

 

Kate, who is now employed as a bartender, was unemployed for one year.

 

She received many rejection letters and they began to take their toll on her mental wellbeing.

 

‘When the rejection letters come through, it knocks you back a bit. It’s tough to get a job,’ she says.

 

‘I was over the moon when I got a job and just being in employment is brilliant. I would be very happy just helping other young people in my situation to find work, because we all want to work at the end of the day.’

 

The film sees Kate and her friends recounting their experiences of unemployment, including fellow Fixer Jason Pook (19) speaking about the difficulty of finding work as a trained dancer.

 

Kate also meets with Carrie Holmes from Careers South West and local employers about how to ensure greater job prospects.

Author: Ashley Scrace

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