Young Corby people get on the path to finding work

Mark Timmins, 23, talks to Corby MP Andy Sawford at the Experience Corby event

Mark Timmins, 23, talks to Corby MP Andy Sawford at the Experience Corby event

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Young people were matched with potential employers at an Experience Corby event on Friday (September 27) and everyone who attended was offered a work experience placement.

As part of the new initiative to tackle the town’s youth unemployment problem, companies were asked to help jobless 18 to 24-year-olds get a foothold in the jobs market.

The project is being spearheaded by Corby MP Andy Sawford and Tresham College and aims is to find young people work experience placements during October which could lead to job offers.

The matching event was attended by 18 companies, including Corby Council, Youth Works, Tata Steel, Olympus Care Services and DDW Catering, and more than 30 young people.

Mark Timmins, 23, from Thrapston is a trained chef but wants to change his career path and is looking for a job as a mechanic after four months out of work.

He said: “The event was really useful. I went along with no idea about apprenticeships but now I am a lot happier about looking at this as a real option.

“I have been offered a placement at DAF Trucks in Corby which is great as I need to get some relevant experience away from the catering industry. “Young people out of work should really come along to one of these events as it is a great way of signing up for experience and finding out more about training.”

Another visitor to Experience Corby was Nathan Hilton, 18, from Corby, who has been out of work for 12 months since leaving school after completing his GCSEs.

He said: “Events like this are a great idea. I’ve now got two different work experience placements in industries I’d like to work in including AES Europe Ltd and Tata Steel.”

In July the number of young people out of work in Corby was 540, or 10 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds. This is compared with 6.3 per cent in the East Midlands and 6.2 per cent nationally.

Rachel Kay, deputy principal and managing director at Tresham said: “We are really pleased with the great start we have made with our first ever Experience Corby event and I’m looking forward to working with even more employers and young people who are out of work and wanting to get that vital experience so they can consider apprenticeships and to add their experiences to their CV and job applications.

“Matching events are going to be held throughout the year and we are looking to provide similar schemes in Kettering and Wellingborough to improve the employability of young people in the area and meet the needs of local employers.”