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Youth urged to get skilled-up for new job opportunities

PREPARATION: Job opportunities are out there says Kasumu but it’s important to get the right skills

A YOUNG entrepreneur is urging others of his generation to think outside the box if they want to succeed in the current job market.

Samuel Kasumu, who created Elevation Networks, a student led charity that helps young people become more competitive in the labour market, said that despite Britain’s economic woes and unemployment figures, there are still opportunities available if young people are willing to get out of their comfort zones and get the skills and training to enable them to work in growth industries.

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“We have opportunities but we don’t have people utilizing them,” said 23-year-old Kasumu “There is a huge demand in the UK for engineers but students are not studying engineering, they are not prepared for it and so we have the gap.”

Recently voted as one of the UK’s top role models, Kasumu also became the youngest person to be named in the 2011 Power List of successful black professionals.

His Elevation Networks charity now has more than 8000 members and has recently managed to secure a government contract from the Department of Work and Pensions to continue to help students and long term unemployed get into work.

He said: “A lot of the jobs currently available are not fit for the current crop of people. It is a double-edged sword. Students and young people would be better prepared for work if they knew where the economy is going and would be more likely to successfully fill vacancies if they are geared with the right skills.

"We need to prepare people for work when they are young and groups that are under represented need to be targeted more in order to help them be more competitive in the labor market. But I guess the other side is that we just need more jobs,” he said.

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