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Publisher to become more ‘youth friendly’ in bid to help younger staff

Lorna WillisA regional publisher is set to become more ‘youth friendly’ as part of a new scheme aimed at supporting its younger employees.

Archant has announced what it calls a “major commitment” to support young people within the media sector by teaming up with the Youth Group, an organisation that aims to offer help to young people in the world of work.

As part of the partnership, The Youth Group will interview younger members of staff while undertaking an in-depth audit of Archant’s processes and frameworks.

Once the audit is complete and recommendations have been agreed, the publisher will carry the ‘Youth Verified’ mark awarded by the organisation.

Archant chief executive Lorna Willis said: “I’m really proud of how we are changing our company for the better each and every day.

“The vibrancy and energy I see when the power of youth and experience is fused together is quite simply stunning – but we can always do more.

“No-one has all the answers and so bringing in The Youth Group to advise and work with us so we can be a true leader for future young talent will enable us to make our business even stronger.”

chief people officer Dee Willmott added: “We’re truly passionate about building a culture in which everyone can be themselves.

“At Archant we welcome every type of person from every walk of life and there is an exceptionally strong community spirit that resonates right across our company.

“I believe our partnership with The Youth Group will further strengthen our work in colleague engagement and bring fresh new talent to our business. We’re excited to get started.”

The Youth Group advises businesses on becoming more ‘youth friendly’ and actively provides support, resource and mentoring for 18 to 30-years-olds looking for work.

Its vice president Leon Marseglia said: “We’re extremely excited by this partnership.

“Archant’s drive to become ‘Youth Verified’ through the conversations we’ve had shows how much they care about the next generation and future workforce.

“I have no doubt they will create an even greater organisation for young people to thrive in.”