Charlotte joined our peer panel last year after attending a focus group led by our interns at De Montfort University.
The peer panel of 18 to 30-year-olds make sure our work represents the views of young people.
Charlotte is studying marketing and in her final year, she said:
“After taking part in an Access Generation focus group, I wanted to get further involved by joining the panel group to represent young people who are looking to get into work. I feel taking part in this will truly make a difference for future generation and is something I’m passionate about.”
Charlotte’s messages to employers
- Ensure the careers page contains valuable information so candidates can assess if this is the correct company and role for them
- Avoid using outdated and somewhat demoralising methods of recruiting like psychometric tests! There are much better ways of shortlisting your candidates that show the best side of them, rather showing if they can fit a shape into a box
- Young people have fresh ideas. We want to learn, train and adapt but we also want to bring new ways of thinking to businesses in a quickly changing world. Giving young candidates a chance will bring a new lease of life to any business.
By young people, for young people
Since launching, we have listened to young people and shared valuable insights on their views with businesses.
More recently young people have designed, built and delivered assessments for businesses and contributed to our training events.
Now the peer panel will help us make our future vision a reality which is to have Access Generation run by young people, for young people.
The peer panel members represent the voice of young people, help us to validate our research findings and will soon run a campaign to promote our new accreditation.
Do you know how to meet and match young people’s expectations? Find out more about the accreditation here.