How accurate is the News and Media and is it a true reflection of the Dorset and Hampshire Area

Every time we pick up a newspaper or listen to the news all we hear is doom and gloom.  Companies are shredding their workforce unemployment is rising and the Eurozone is teetering on the brink.

Here in Dorset, just a couple of months ago, we were recruiting for a College Leaver to work for a successful and expanding client in the Bournemouth area.  A simple request – We were looking someone with no work experience, good PC skills,  eager to learn and grow with the company.  After listening to the news that evening and hearing how many youngsters are unemployed I thought the recruitment would be a doddle and we would be deluged with candidates.

Well I was shocked and stunned and could not understand why we had a very poor response to our advertisements.

We advertised the vacancy utilising all the new technology as well as our more traditional methods and including local colleges.   We just could not understand where all these unemployed school or college leavers were in the Bournemouth area.   Eventually we had a short list of just 3 candidates and managed to successfully fill the role.

We discussed this problem with our local branch of Connexions and they advised that the (NEET) unemployment figure for the 16 – 19 year olds has dropped from 8.4% to 5.6% in the last two years in the Bournemouth area  – now where is that being reported – a step in the right direction for our local youngsters.

So not all doom and gloom as our newspapers and media suggest.

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