Young people seeking work alongside their studies have been given a helping hand today (Friday 27th July) after Tatton MP and secretary of state for work and pensions Esther McVey launched a summer jobs campaign.
Employers needing temporary or summer staff can advertise under the ‘Summer Jobs’ section on a government website as part of the drive to encourage students to expand their skills and gain experience.
The number of adverts is constantly changing, but there are currently 600 jobs across Cheshire – including cleaners, chefs, porters and front of house staff.
These jobs are separate to the 3,700 other vacancies across Cheshire, and they mostly focus on shorter-term contracts and part-time shifts which can be juggled with higher education.
Launching the campaign in her role as work and pensions secretary, Ms McVey said: “The decline of this work over past decades has seen a cultural shift with young people having an increased focus on education and training solely before moving into the world of work.
“Working alongside studying has many benefits beyond providing additional cash in your pocket. I want young people to consider how part time and seasonal work can complement, not compete, with their education.”
She added: “I’m not suggesting a summer job is a dream job for life. But I firmly believe it is connected to having a successful future.
“It allows people to build on what are commonly known as ‘soft skills’ – but I see as essential skills.
“Helping people develop their customer service and problem solving, build their resilience and attitude to work, as well as time management and the ability to juggle different priorities.
“Seeing the demands that exist within a workplace and indeed to give you an understanding of what is expected from you in the workplace.”
The dedicated online search tool allows people to search for temporary work by area, type of business all through the summer jobs tab at findajob.dwp.gov.uk
According to employers, 66 per cent take on board if a candidate has done any part-time job along with their studies when recruiting.
The number of young people taking on part time or summer jobs has fallen by over 60 per cent since 1980 and in the past five years those with a part time job has fallen by a fifth.
Ms McVey added: “This is not about taking jobs away from people looking for longer term employment and jobs.
“We have record levels of employment and there are 3,763 jobs available across the county in a separate section of the website.”
She said: “I am determined to do all I can to help people find work, whether they want temporary employment or full time opportunities.”
Nationally more than 20,000 jobs are on the summer jobs site – with opportunities in industries from manufacturing to IT to travel and finance.