Thursday, April 25, 2013

News: Summer camps to help young people get work-wise


Work-wise, the initiative inspired and led by local employers, is aiming to enhance the future employment prospects of up to 200 young people across the city region, with a series of summer camps.

The programme was developed by Templeborough-based Business & Education South Yorkshire and a partnership of local manufacturing and engineering companies in response to their concerns that not enough young people are attracted to the sector as well as not having the basic work ready skills to take up apprenticeships and jobs.

Described by many as the "ultimate interview", Work-wise provides young people with a broad range of inspirational, industry focused, work related learning and development experiences enabling them to better develop the personal attributes and skills they will need in preparation for future jobs and life. It is supported by local employers including Newburgh Engineering, AESSEAL and the MTL Group.

Work-wise is now established as a charitable foundation to lead the campaign on improving employability, work readiness and open up real job opportunities for young people.

The expansion into summer camps means that more young people will get the chance to become work-wise. Keen young people aged 14-16 who have an interest in careers in engineering and manufacturing are being encouraged to apply. The camp includes a two day employability skills induction programme and an eight day real work placement in an engineering or manufacturing environment.

Running from July 29 to August 30, the camp costs £100 and some bursaries are available through the work-wise Foundation Charitable Fund.

Jackie Freeborn: chief executive of Business & Education South Yorkshire, said: "Schools have a really difficult time because education is constantly moving. Schools are not measured on how many young people go into an apprenticeship or get a job, they're measured on qualifications and how well they do at OFSTED.

"Although schools understand the relevance of getting young people ready for work, they sometimes don't have the capacity to do that. We come in and make that easy and work with schools as an interface with young people that have shown an interest in engineering or are more interested in a vocational route into employment.

"What's great about it is that the employers really feel passionate about Work-wise because they'd designed the content, they've designed the program."

Gordon Bridge, director at AESSEAL and executive member of the Work-wise Foundation board, said: "I think work-wise is the best initiative in business and education certainly in my experience, over the last 40 years. Businesses are embracing it, as are schools and parents."

Work-wise website

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