Verax International Ltd

Are you an Employer of Young People ?


Ideally you want your new employees to hit the ground running and start making a contribution to your business as fast as possible.


Research shows that the average performer does not pay for themselves for at least 5 years; that a below average performer never does. A high flyer starts to do so by the end of their first year.


How do you get your young employees to be successful, high contributors, delivering results fast?


In 2018 we carried out independent, empirical research to find out what made for the effectiveness that employers were looking for.


Our findings sit well with what Government and Employer groups were looking for only 2-3 years previously:-

  • Employees with potential beyond their immediate technical skills.
  • Able to be objective, to stand back and make sound judgements
  • Achieve important goals for your organisation
  • Build and maintain mutually rewarding relationships with boss, colleagues, customers
  • Adaptable to cope with /manage change & growth
  • Resilient, persistent, persevere through difficult times and bounce back after a setback
  • Potential for responsibility and growth into more responsible roles


Many young people will come to you without having fully developed these capabilities.


However, they can be learned. They are likely to be difficult to identify through conventional selection methods including Personality Type measures.



What are the attributes that underpin Success ?


Based on our research in 2015 and 2018, the skills and attributes that were seen to lead to success were:-


  • Perseverance, resilience, grit
  • Confidence and Optimism
  • Motivation, Drive, Ambition
  • Neighbourliness, Community Spirit
  • Tolerance, Respect
  • Honesty, Integrity, Dignity
  • Conscientiousness, Curiosity, Focus.


These are all learnable once the individual becomes aware of their current strengths and development areas. Research shows that conventional Personality Type questionnaires do not lend themselves to identifying these issues. Effectiveness is the result of more than personality.




PEP-Choices is the result. It consists of a short but statistically valid and reliable, on-line questionnaire. The report identifies current strengths to reinforce and areas for development.


A Handbook of “how-tos” and development assignments complements facilitation and provides a framework and support for the student, so that they take responsibility for their own learning, their goals and their achievements.


A re-measure after 6 months quantifies the gains and improvements made.


The Handbook and associated workshop or coaching activities help the student internalise change and so manage life’s emotional, often anxiety-ridden journey. It helps to develop an internal locus of control vs external validation, thus improving emotional and psychological wellbeing.


These activities are structured using the latest learning methods, making them easy to assimilate and apply.


What PEP-Choices covers:


PEP-Choices Home

• Goal & Achievement orientation

• Resilience and Persistence

• Learning from Experience

• Self-Esteem

• Critical Thinking & Reasoning (Planning &

  Organising, Decision Making, Problem-Solving)

• Task/Job Style


  • Open-mindedness
  • Drive and Focus
  • Objectivity
  • Relationships based on Trust & Respect
  • Relationship Skills (Active Listening, Feedback, Confronting)
  • Communications Style

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