Young people and employers who signed up to work placement initiative in Kettering have been recognised in a presentation held at the Houses of Parliament.
The event, hosted by Kettering MP Philip Hollobone, celebrated Experience Kettering. It is the second of a three-stage project set up by Tresham College’s Evolve Business Training, local JobCentre Plus offices and MPs to increase job prospects for young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEETs).
The project aims to help young people aged 18 to 24, who are seeking to get their foot on the career ladder, into work placements offered by local and national employers. The college hopes it will help provide an advantage in the competitive jobs market.
Following the first Experience project held in August 2013 in Corby, Rachel Kay, managing director for Evolve Business Training and deputy principal at Tresham, approached JobCentre Plus and Mr Hollobone to gain their support for a similar scheme in Kettering.
More than 30 local employers who pledged their support for the initiative in March. A matching event two weeks later saw about 60 young people who were looking for work secure work experience placements.
Companies involved in Experience Kettering included Weetabix, Snap-on Tools, Kettering Park Hotel and Spa, Morrisons and Age UK.
Sharnie Cox, who has now been offered full-time employment as a direct result of Experience Kettering with Langham Industrial Controls, said: “Before I started with Langham I was constantly looking for a job.
“From day one, I was welcomed and the proud owner of some pink steel-toed boots and at the end of the experience I was pleased to be offered full time employment.”
Following the celebration event the group of employers and young people who took part were given a full tour around the Houses of Parliament and the House of Lords.
Ms Kay said: “Our Experience projects have been great and it’s fantastic that so many employers have shown their support to help address youth unemployment in the county.
“We were delighted that Philip Hollobone took time to join us in this initiative for his constituency.
“It is important to us as the most successful college in the East Midlands to be doing our bit to provide a platform to support young people with their next step into the world of work.”
For more information about Experience Kettering, or if you are an employer wishing to offer work experience for a young person aged 18-24, contact the Evolve Business Training team on 01536 419570.