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A graduate has won the chance to become the CEO of Adecco UK & Ireland for month.
Claire Houston will take on the role as part of the ‘CEO for One Month’ initiative, which aims to tackle youth unemployment issues.
According to the Office for National Statistics, unemployment amongst 16 – 24 year olds is 16.1% – compared to an overall rate of 5.5%.
Analysis by the House of Commons library shows that the gap hasn’t been this big since 1992 – over twenty years.
Announcing the winner for Adecco Group UK & Ireland, CEO Peter Searle said: “I am delighted that Claire will be joining us as the winner of our CEO for One Month competition.
“Through our Way to Work initiative, we are able to give another young person a unique insight into the workings of our organisation, as well as the skills required to succeed in business today.
“We see tremendous talent coming through the younger generations, but too many are not being equipped with the necessary workplace skills.
“This initiative is one opportunity to bridge that gap and empower young people to take their first step into the world of work”.
Claire Houston, CEO for One Month for Adecco Group UK & Ireland said: “I feel so lucky to have been awarded the opportunity to become CEO for One Month at Adecco Group UK & Ireland.
“I am looking forward to learning as much as I possibly can from everyone that I meet during my month’s placement.
“Practical work experience is really important for young people who are just starting out, and I think that more employers should run initiatives like this.
“If young people are given the chance to gain a better understanding of the skills and qualities that companies are looking for, this will ultimately benefit both the young jobseekers and the employers as they will be helping to develop the future talent they need.”
34 successful candidates have been selected from more than 18,000 applicants by Adecco Group to take on the role in different countries.
The young CEOs comprise young men and women from as far afield as Italy, the USA, Mauritius, and Taiwan. They were chosen after a challenging selection process that started at the end of February.
National finalists underwent a complete assessment to test their customer focus, entrepreneurship, team spirit, passion and sense of responsibility – Adecco Group’s core values.