By Maximilian Clarke

Thanks to an introduction at ‘The Pitch’, a Dragons’ Den style competition to find the UK’s brightest young business, two businesses are now working together to help today’s young generation decide if University is right for them and get a foot on that elusive career ladder.

Classroom Medics and StudentGems met when they were regional finalists of the Midlands heat of The Pitch in 2009.

Since then, both businesses have thrived and when Classroom Medics needed additional staff to present their science workshops to schools, they turned to StudentGems. Within a few days they had found four talented, enthusiastic and suitably knowledgeable students/graduates from among the thousands showcasing their talents on StudentGems.

Such was the success in sourcing precisely the talent he needed, Tom Warrender, Managing Director of Classroom Medics, went on to find a designer and a developer to build his Classroom Medics iPhone and Android apps that school pupils can use to find out about health science careers they have never heard of before.

He said “In the current economic climate I am delighted to have helped students and graduates along their career path. Classroom Medics has benefitted from some outstanding talent which has helped our business to grow and help inspire over 100,000 pupils to consider a career in science and health. Helping children make informed career choices is vital for their future and when our message is delivered by bright young talent it really helps to inspire children still at school to make the right decisions.”

“Classroom Medics does a wonderful job of educating school children in science and their career options and I am delighted we were able to help by providing enthusiastic and knowledgeable workshop presenters," says Student Gems' Managing Director, Sue Harrison. "Students and graduates often feel undervalued by constant offers of unpaid work. Tom has proved that giving real paid work opportunities to our talented young people produces a highly motivated workforce which ultimately is far more beneficial to any business.”

With youth unemployment at an unacceptably high level, it’s good to hear how some businesses are recognising, encouraging and hiring young talent. After all, we will all be dependent on them before too long!

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