About us

A community interest company helping businesses to attract young people and recruit their own pool of talent

Introducing Access Generation CIC

Access Generation CIC is a community interest company that launched in September 2016 to provide free practical guidance to help businesses understand the benefits of employing young people.

To do this we engage with businesses who already employ young people and share their insights in easy to follow tips and guides that you can read freely on our blogs and downloads.

One in five young people in the UK are not in education, employment or training and according to a report by the Prince’s Trust a quarter of young people don’t feel in control of their lives.

So we want to encourage every business to employ a young person by providing free guidance and offer support to help bridge the gap from the employers side to the initiatives delivered by youth charities and agencies.

We don’t favour one particular route to employment for young people. A business could create an entry level role, apprenticeship or graduate placement. As long as a young person has the opportunity to gain meaningful employment.

Youth employment accessibility research

To help sustain and fund our work, we are running a youth employment accessibility research project to assess the job section on company websites. In our our research to date, we have found young people are caught in a catch 22 situation by being excluded for lack of experience instead of being measured on their attitudes and behaviours. Traditional online recruitment processes are not setup to address this.

The pilot research report can be downloaded here. Individual companies who were included in the research can access their specific assessment results for a contribution. The research is being extended to assess a further 150 companies in the food and drink, manufacturing and engineering and logistics industry. We are also seeking sponsors who would like to support our project and satisfy their corporate social responsibility. Please get in touch if you would be interested in becoming a sponsor.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Access Generation was formed as a community interest company limited by guarantee in September 2016.

Members of East Midlands Chambers of Commerce.

Meet the team

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Chris Tarry

Chris is passionate about helping people reach their full potential and understands the benefits that fully engaged employees can have on a business.

He has successfully implemented a graduate and an award-winning apprenticeship scheme which he found both rewarding and enjoyable.

Chris is now motivated to continue this work by establishing Access Generation to encourage other businesses to do the same.

Meet the team

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Jemma Redden

Jemma is passionate about helping businesses fully understand their customers by listening and engaging audiences online.

She has successfully managed challenging change situations by effectively engaging with customers, employees and industry bodies.

Jemma is now excited to be able to apply her skill set to support a cause that will have positive outcomes for young people.