Tresham College in Kettering is hoping to give young unemployed people a boost by matching them up with prospective employers at an event next Friday (March 21).
The event is aimed at people aged 18 to 24 and those ‘matched’ will be offered a work experience placement for a minimum of two weeks.
Tresham College says the scheme follows on from the ‘Experience Corby’ project held in August 2013.
The college is partnering with Jobcentre Plus Kettering and MP Phillip Hollobone to bring the scheme to Kettering.
Olivia Morton, from the College, said: “Experience Kettering aims to increase the employability of young people aged 18 to 24 in and around the town by helping them secure work placements for a minimum of two weeks.
“Nearly 30 different employers will be joined by staff from Tresham and Jobcentre Plus to speak to young people who have been out of employment or training and looking to gain vital work experience to add to their CV and help restore self-confidence for their job search.
“Following an informal chat, work experience placements will then be offered at the event ready to start as early as April 2014.”
More than 40 employers attended a breakfast meeting hosted by Tresham last Friday to find out more about the initiative and signed up to provide placements for young people across a variety of industries including charities, chartered surveyors, retail, catering and hospitality, Kettering Town FC, logistics, teaching, funeral care and engineering.
The event runs from midday until 3pm next Friday at the Windmill Avenue campus.
Rachel Kay, managing director and deputy principal at Tresham said: “I’m really pleased to be able to bring our ‘Experience’ scheme to Kettering alongside Jobcentre Plus and our MP Phillip Hollobone after we celebrated the success of our Corby project that helped nearly half gain employment, an apprenticeship or further training.
“Last week I was really pleased to see so many employers showing their support for this scheme which will be able to offer even more variety for work experience than ever before. I’m looking forward to matching young people and these organisations on March 21.”
Rob Cooper, district manager for Jobcentre Plus Leicestershire and Northamptonshire said: “This is an excellent opportunity for young people in Kettering to get the help and support they need to move closer to work.
“Work Experience is a valuable tool to enhance your job search and gain the skills and confidence required to compete in the local labour market.
“This is what the Youth Contract is all about working in partnership with local colleges, providers and businesses to help young unemployed people to prepare for work and find a job.”
Employer who would be willing to take part should phone Jade Wiggins on 0845 658 89 90 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.