Created in partnership with the Greater Manchester's Hidden Talent Youth Panel and endorsed by Youth Employment UK, this toolkit offers employers practical tips for making video interviews and remote inductions accessible for young people.
Formatted as series of checklists for recruiters, hiring and line managers; our guidance considers that young people with limited workplace experience may never have previously used video call platforms in a professional context, and may also need additional guidance when starting a homeworking or hybrid home / office job.
Put yourself in the shoes of someone going to their very first virtual interview. Would you know what to wear? Would you want the opportunity to test your video call setup first? Would you be aware of the pitfalls of having preparation notes open on your desktop?
Would an 18 year old who has never worked in an office know what a healthy desk setup looks like - would they know that they are entitled to ask for a riser (or what a riser is?!), a keyboard etc? Would they understand when to email and when to call collegues? Would they know how to report absence and what the break arrangements are for homeworkers?
This toolkit reminds you to consider and pre-empt these questions, and in doing so, can help you create welcoming, accessible processes that give young people confidence.
It serves as a companion to two earlier toolkits from the GMCVO-led GM's Hidden Talent programme: Adapting recruitment to get the best out of young people and Induction tips to help young people find their feet.