More than sixty young people have secured work experience opportunities through an employability initiative run by Tresham College.
The Experience Kettering scheme, which provides work experience placements for unemployed youngsters aged between 18 and 24, ran in conjunction with JobCentre Plus Kettering.
Split over three sessions concluding last Friday (March 21), Experience Kettering provided the opportunity for young people to meet employers and be matched with a suitable work experience role.
The initiative was introduced after the success of a similar Experience Corby scheme and aims to reduce high levels of young people not in employment, education or training, known as NEETs, in Northamptonshire.
Rachel Kay, deputy principal and managing director at Tresham, said: “It’s fantastic that so many employers have shown their support in order to address youth unemployment in the county and we were delighted that (Kettering MP) Philip Hollobone also joined us on the day to show his support for both employers and young people.
“More than sixty young people signed up for Experience Kettering which shows that they are keen to secure employment, so we’re pleased to be doing our bit by providing a platform to support their step into the world of work.”
Nick Bithell, human resources manager for haulage firm Knights of Old, said: “I’ve met lots of people today and have been offering HR experience and warehouse opportunities. I’ve given out lots of application forms and am keen to see them again.”
With more than 60 young people in attendance, Experience Kettering is the most successful work experience matching event so far and Tresham has plans to launch the project in Wellingborough in the coming months.
After attending the event, the majority of young people have signed up to work experience with at least one employer.
Ben Higgins, 18, who has been out of work for seven months has applied for a placement with Snap-On Tool.
He said: “Coming along today has been very useful. I’ve spoken to a few employers in the industries I’m looking for jobs in and I’m hoping that the experience will lead to a job afterwards.”