Tuesday, June 18, 2013

News: Parkgate pilots Ready Hubs


Parkgate Shopping is supporting a pilot project that offers four lucky Rotherham students a chance develop enterprise skills among young people.

The Ready Hubs scheme offers a unique mentoring opportunity that will see the students working closely with Parkgate Shopping to develop retail skills.

Rotherham Ready support 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.

Rotherham Ready is working with the Learning Communities of Wingfield, Winterhill and Clifton to develop Ready Hubs, that will empower young people and communities to create a better social and economic future by transforming lives though enterprise.

With representatives from schools, the community and business, Ready Hubs will co produce a range of activities and initiatives that offer young people a rounded experience of enterprise learning.

Four year 11 students from Wingfield have secured enterprising placements at Parkgate Shopping through retailers, Next and Marks & Spencer, and are being mentored to develop their enterprise skills and options for the future.

Joanne Sorby, Careers/Work related Co-ordinator at Wingfield Business and Enterprise College, said: "As a college we are committed to providing experiences for students to enhance their employability skills and increase their knowledge of the world of work. The chance to work closely with Rotherham Ready and local employers to provide work placements for some of our students was an excellent opportunity to develop this further."

Billy Smith, regional operations manager at Parkgate, added: "This is an excellent initiative from Rotherham Ready, and we are very pleased to be working with them and Wingfield Business and Enterprise College. I'm sure that the students will gain valuable experience during their time with Next and Marks and Spencer, and that it will benefit them greatly as they consider their career and further education options."

The creation of these Hubs has been supported by Nesta through the Creative Councils programme. Nesta is an independent charity with a mission to help people and organisations bring great ideas to life and the Ready Hub Schools and their partners are doing a great job at making the most of this opportunity.

Kate Penney, Ready Hubs coordinator for RMBC said: "The collaboration and input from partners with a different range of skills and experience is a key strength of the Ready Hubs and all of the schools and their partners from business and the community have shown real commitment to improving outcomes for young people. This partnership is a clear example of the value of working together to achieve a shared goal."

Parkgate Shopping website
Rotherham Ready website

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