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Laura-Jane Rawlings

Laura-Jane Rawlings

The Youth Employment Specialist

“Gis a job” and “I’ve done an American Art History Degree, what can I do now?” These are just two of the many phrases that inspired Laura-Jane to hang up her commercial recruitment career and start working with students, young people and schools to raise the aspirations and employability skills of the next generation.

Laura-Jane works with schools across the UK to support the CE/IAG curriculum through inspirational workshops, providing students with a real understanding of the world of work and the expectations of employers. She motivates students to take personal responsibility for themselves and their own futures in a tough but fair approach to careers.

Laura-Jane uses anecdotes from her time as a recruiter to show students the common mistakes of job seeking and how to avoid them.

She is a specialist in Careers and Employability and passionate about supporting young people to be successful post education. Laura-Jane works with schools and other organisations to help them embed good quality practice around developing young people for the world of work and to be able to contribute to society.

A business owner, trainer, career coach and the founder of Youth Employment UK Laura-Jane can speak from experience on a range of topics to a plethora of audiences.

Laura-Jane has spoken on the BBC, various Radio Stations and at a number of conferences and seminars. She is also currently writing for Innovate my School and providing specialist expert advice to the Channel 4 Battlefront campaign on Youth Employment.

Speaking Topics:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Careers Education/Impartial Advice and Guidance
  • Schools good practice for CE/IAG
  • Reduction of NEET young people
  • Employability
  • Employer Engagement
  • School and Business Education Strategies
  • Effective parental engagement
  • Education for Employment

Testimonials from Teachers

"Just quickly looking through the evaluation forms and general feedback on the day, the majority of delegates found LJ’s presentation very good, useful and informative. She came across really well and I’m glad I put her on first as it was a good start."

– Indra Gill, Education Tracking Officer, Oxfordshire County Council

Laura-Jane created a very friendly atmosphere and this allowed us to express ourselves, the workshop was very informative and I feel I have a stronger idea of the skills and techniques I need to be employable.”

– Liam, Northampton

Laura-Jane has a passion for improving the education and employability of those leaving education that cannot rivalled. She is professional, driven and genuinely wants to make a difference to people's lives. I would not hesitate in recommending both Laura and her business and look forward to working with her again in the near future.”

– R Houghton, Adecco

"Many thanks - this is really useful and will help to inform our planning for NEETs

– N Axford, 14-25 Officer, Cheshire East Council

I really enjoyed the session you did and it gave me some inspiration.”

– H, Steel​

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