Wednesday, July 30, 2014

News: Enterprise retail placements at Parkgate

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A successful partnership between Parkgate Shopping, Rotherham Ready and Wingfield Academy is once again helping local young people to take their first steps onto the career ladder.

A group of Year 11 school leavers at the Academy on Wingfield Road near Kimberworth Park took their interest in retail one step further by taking part during the summer term in an application and interview process.

Organised through Parkgate Shopping and Rotherham Ready, the successful applicants were able to gain an enterprise retail placement on the shopping park over the summer, working with Boots, Marks and Spencer and Mothercare.

Rotherham Ready is an award-winning enterprise education programme that is being replicated across the UK. It supports schools across Rotherham to develop a 4-19 enterprise entitlement meaning that young people in Rotherham have their education enhanced by developing a range of skills and capabilities that enable them to be enterprising and entrepreneurial in order to reach their goals for the future.

Kate Penney, enterprise projects co-ordinator at Rotherham Ready, said: "All the students who applied had thought hard about their suitability and qualifications for this valuable opportunity, and we were all impressed by the way this came out in the interviews. The successful candidates can now go on and gain valuable experience to help them in their future careers."

Billy Smith, operations manager at Parkgate Shopping (pictured, second left), added: "We have worked alongside Wingfield and Rotherham Ready on several occasions now, and what pleases me is the outcomes of our collaboration.

"We all understand the value of good practical on the job experience, and when it is linked into the school's own careers programme and supported by retailers who are keen to find young local talent, it becomes a real win-win project."

Parkgate Shopping website
Rotherham Ready website

Images: Rotherham Ready

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