Yorkshire Businesses Encouraged to be Ready for Yorkshire’s Next Generation of Workers

Yorkshire Businesses Encouraged to be Ready for Yorkshire’s Next Generation of Workers

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GenZ school leavers do not want to be tied down to a 9-5 office job and are drawn to roles that offer location independent flexible working according to a new survey released from Pitman Training.

Pitman Training has released these statistics as part of a campaign to support Yorkshire businesses in attracting this new generation of workers, who are predicted to make up 24% of the global workforce by 2020. *

This national survey illustrated that 71% of GenZ school leavers rebuke the path of University favouring travel, volunteering or entering the workforce straight from school as impact, flexibility and connectivity shine through as key values of 16-18 year olds.

A laptop generation of a wifi society, 63% of the 16-18 year olds surveyed said they are more likely to be drawn to roles that offer location independent flexible working and this raised to 70% of the Yorkshire population surveyed who agreed.

Not driven by money, it seems Gen Z are forward thinkers, set to create their versions of the future and over half of the Yorkshire population surveyed, agree that 16-18 year olds value life opportunities and life experiences over high salaries. Additionally, 75% of those who will not be pursuing further education agreed that their age group is keen to enter the workplace and are prepared to invest themselves in learning to support their career development.

Charged with high levels of self-belief, entrepreneurial spirit, and a global sense of belonging, the survey commissioned by Pitman Training, and conducted by Censuswide, showed that 71% of 16-18 year olds who will not be pursuing further education, agreed that their age group is on a mission to make an impact and are keen to enter the workforce to make their mark. 64% of the Yorkshire population surveyed also agreed with this statement.

Influenced by social media, over half (58%) of Yorkshire population surveyed feel that 16-18 year olds will be more globally connected and as such their visions around what they can achieve as a global citizen are vast.

Claire Lister, MD Pitman Training said: “It is key that local businesses ensure that their new generation of employees know the impact they are having within their companies – internally, locally, regionally, nationally as well as globally as well as bearing in mind both location and flexibility in when recruiting. Recruiting team members of the future and supporting them in their career growth is key to our local economy and I feel passionately that we all, as business owners are creating environments that will attract the next generation”.

A massive 85% of 16-18 year olds who will not be pursuing further education agreed that their age group is increasingly keen on learning real life skills than theoretical knowledge.

The UK’s leading independent training provider Pitman Training is one of the UK’s largest and longest-standing vocational training providers – with centres across the UK and their headquarters in Wetherby, Yorkshire.

Claire added: “What this survey revealed to me the most is that GenZ are ready to stand up and be counted and refuse to conform with what has traditionally being ‘the norm’. Yorkshire businesses that want to attract this new generation of workers may need to look at some of these findings and reconsider their own company ‘norms’. Creating opportunities where employees can train on the job, be a part of the bigger picture of company culture and make an impact is key”.

Pitman Training has been synonymous with office based training since Sir Isaac Pitman invented shorthand in 1837, and the company now helps thousands of students each year progress their careers through tailor-made study programmes and Diplomas with one to one support at over 100 local centres, as well as via online courses, and short seminars to help top up skills.