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Experience Kettering

Nearly sixty young people have secured work experience opportunities through an employability initiative run by Tresham College of Further and Higher Education.

With the aim of providing work experience placements for unemployed youngsters aged between 18 to 24 years old, ‘Experience Kettering’ runs in conjunction with JobCentre Plus Kettering.

Split over three sessions concluding on Friday 21 March 2014, Experience Kettering provided the opportunity for young people to meet with employers and be matched with a suitable work experience role.

The initiative was introduced following the college’s recent success with Experience Corby and aims to reduce high levels of NEET young people (those not in employment, education or training) across Northamptonshire.

Rachel Kay, Deputy Principal and Managing Director at Tresham, said:
“It’s fantastic that so many employers have shown their support in order to address youth unemployment in the county and we were delighted that Philip Hollobone also joined us on the day to show his support for both employers and young people.”

“Nearly sixty young people signed up for Experience Kettering which shows that they are keen to secure employment, so we’re pleased to be doing our bit by providing a platform to support their step into the world of work.”

Eddie Jansons, Warehouse & Distribution Manager at Snap On Tools said:

“We’ve had 7 to 8 potential candidates and we’re hoping to find someone to have a full trial with us should they feel that the roles available are right for them.”

Nick Bithell, Human Resources Manager for Knights of Old said at the event:

“I’ve met lots of people today and have been offering HR experience and warehouse opportunities. I’ve given out lots of application forms and am keen to see them again.”

Zoe Ackroyd, HR Assistant at Morrisons Manufacturing said when asked if she would attend a similar event:

“We’ve had some interest in factory opportunities and shadowing manufacturing roles which is great. I would definitely attend a similar event again.”

With approximately sixty young people attending the event, the Experience Kettering is the most successful work experience matching event so far and the plan is to continue this and launch the project in Wellingborough in the next few months.

After attending the event, the majority of young people have signed up to work experience with at least one employer.

Ben Higgins, 18 who has been out of work for 7 months has applied for a placement with Snap On Tools and said:

“Coming along today has been very useful. I’ve spoken to a few employers in the industries I’m looking for jobs in and I’m hoping that the experience will lead to a job afterwards.”

Caitlin McKay, 19 who has been out of work for six months after completing training in hospitality said:

“I’ve found today really useful and have looked at other career options not just catering. I have completed an application form for Hobsons Choice today and hope this leads to some experience to help me work in the industry.”

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