Finding out what employers really want from apprentices and graduates

Finding out what employers really want from apprentices and graduates

On Wednesday 28th March, we’ll be exhibiting at the Institute of Student Employees (ISE) Conference & Awards 2018. The annual event (previously known as the AGR) brings together organisations and professionals responsible for employing young people, including graduates and apprentices.

Lakeside is part of the development-focused exhibition, which runs alongside the conference and includes organisations that support apprentice and graduate development.

With increasing competition for graduate roles and apprenticeships, each year we see employers placing more value on soft skills and life experiences that demonstrate a student’s true character.

Character building

It’s not always easy for young people to make the leap from education to employment. Having spent a lifetime following instruction from parents, teachers and lecturers, taking responsibility and developing a self-led approach to work can take time. That’s where our outdoor adventure programme for schools can help.

Often, if a student can demonstrate soft skills, such as leadership, responsibility and teamwork, it will help them to stand out from the competition. Tony Ball, Programme Operations Manager, says:

“When school leavers have similar qualifications, employers must find some way of distinguishing the best candidates. According to reports, more and more employers are valuing life skills that demonstrate a candidate’s character when making recruitment decisions.

“That’s why our outdoor adventure programmes for schools offer far more than simply a fun holiday. We take young people out of their comfort zone and into managed situations that challenge them to take ownership, work as a team and try new things, all of which are character building.”



Raft on land


Lakeside’s outdoor adventure programmes also help young people to become more resilient and self-confident, better preparing them for the wider world and working life.

“Our adventure programmes are designed to encourage young people to work things out for themselves, and getting things wrong can be just as important as getting things right.

“It helps them to realise that failure isn’t the end of the world, instead it’s an opportunity to learn how to do things better next time. It’s a lesson they’ll find invaluable as they grow older,” adds Tony.

See for yourself

If you’re visiting the ISE Student Development Conference, come along and say hello.

Alternatively, if you’d like to know more about how our school adventure holidays can give your students a head start in life, call 01539 539000 or email

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