OXFORD, England, June 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
According to The Office for National Statistics (ONS), there are 1.03 million unemployed 16 to 24 year-olds in the UK. With the 2012 graduates about to add to this number, competing for placements at a ratio of 48 applications per vacancy, it's clear the market is getting tougher.
A viable career option for unemployed youth of today is sales. In the UK alone, 2.2 million people work in sales - 10% of the overall workforce. But employers have a clear criterion - ambitious, driven and personable individuals that can sell themselves and the company they represent.
With that in mind, Sandler Training, a sales, management and leadership training organisation, is launching a UK wide competition for 18-24 year olds that want to kick-start a career in sales. Up to 50 places will be available in over 20 of its UK centres, where they will learn the skills to enter the sales sector and become successful in their quest for employment.
The "sales explorers" training, worth £400,000, includes an initial three months of Sandler's weekly President's Club -including the Sandler Sales Skills Foundations Programme. This takes the trainees through real life scenarios and best practices, such as how to develop a prospecting plan, setting goals and the importance of attitude in building a successful career.
The successful candidates will receive certifications and references. A further year's weekly sales training and support will be offered to the candidates.
Shaun Thomson, Sandler Training in the UK CEO: "The job market can feel like a brutal place - consecutive knock-backs can impact a young person's confidence and motivation. However, recession or not, businesses always need good salespeople. For today's lost generation it provides them with an opportunity to be a master of their own destiny - they just need a helping hand to make it happen.
"We all remember what it was like to hit the job market and we want to be able to give something back to people that just simply need the confidence to get the job they deserve -this support, could be the first step of their journey to become business leaders of the future."
Interested candidates should go to the Sandler Training website, http://www.uk.sandler.com, to find their local participating training centre and online application zone.
As part of the application process, candidates will be encouraged to think about "why a career in sales" would suit them.
Contact: Claire Jones - +44(0)1865-882988
SOURCE Sandler Training