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Experience Kettering Praised at Parliament


Experience Kettering Praised at Parliament

On Thursday 22nd May young people and employers who signed up to Experience Kettering were congratulated at a presentation held at the Houses of Parliament, hosted by Phillip Hollobone MP for Kettering.

Experience Kettering is the second of a three stage project that has been set up by Tresham’s Evolve Business Training, local Jobcentre Plus centre’s and local MPs to increase the job prospects for young people who are not in employment, education or training.

The project aims to match young people aged 18-24, who are seeking to get their foot on the career ladder, with local and national employers to provide vital work placements to add to their CV and provide an advantage in the competitive jobs market.

Following the first ‘Experience’ project held in August 2013 in Corby, Rachel Kay, Managing Director for Evolve Business Training and Deputy Principal at Tresham approached Jobcentre Plus and Phillip Hollobone MP for Kettering to gain their support for ‘Experience Kettering’.

In March, Rachel Kay, held a business briefing to over 30 local employers who immediately pledged their support for the initiative. This was followed by a matching event two weeks later which saw approximately sixty young people who were looking for work attend to speak to local employers and secure work experience placements.

‘Experience Kettering’ has opened the doors for nearly 30 young people who have secured work experience placements as a result of the partnership between Jobcentre Plus in Kettering and Tresham.

Companies involved in Experience Kettering included:
• DW O’Brien (Components)
• I.M Kelly Group
• Newlands Shopping Centre
• Langham Industrial Controls
• Weetabix
• Snap on Tools
• Kettering Park Hotel and Spa
• Knights of Old
• Morrisons
• Age UK
• Carpet Doctor
Plus many more

Claire Langham from Langham Industrial Controls added:
“The Experience Kettering initiative is ideal for employers to give work experience to young adults. We were fully on board and offered work experience to Sharnie who has impressed us so much with her character and willingness to do that we have now offered her full time employment as we know that in the future she will be the ideal Langham employee.”

Sharnie Cox, who has now been offered full time employment as a direct result of Experience Kettering with Langham Industrial Controls said:
“Before I started with Langham I was constantly looking for a job. From day one, I was welcomed and the proud owner of some pink steel toed boots and at the end of the experience I was pleased to be offered full time employment.”

Ben O’Brien from DW O’Brien said at the presentation which he attended with Natalie Bull, who completed a work placement at the company:
“This is the first time I have worked with Tresham. We offered a place to Natalie who has been fantastic in the office and has now done very well for herself. As a result of offering the work placement to both Natalie and another young person we will now be offering an apprenticeship from June.”

Paul Gallagher from I.M Kelly commented after offering a placement to Patrycja Paluch:
“Experience Kettering has been good and we have been very happy with the work that Patrycja has done, always with a smile on her face. We were very happy to recommend her to our Logistics department where she will be able to complete more work experience and possible employment.”

Charmaine Wright from Newlands Shopping Centre, who offered a placement to Kerrie Quinton, added:
“Experience Kettering came at a good time for Newlands, we believe it has been a real benefit to the company and Kerrie who joined us for work experience settled well into the environment. She was never afraid to accept any challenges and got on well with the team, helping with events held at the centre and with other departments. We would certainly consider taking part in this again.”

Following the celebration event the group of employers and young people who took part were given a full tour around the Houses of Parliament and the House of Lords.

Rachel Kay, Deputy Principal and Managing Director at Tresham, said:
“Our Experience projects have been great and it’s fantastic that so many employers have shown their support to help address youth unemployment in the county. We were delighted that Philip Hollobone took time to join us in this initiative for his constituency.
It is important to us as the most successful college in the East Midlands to be doing our bit to provide a platform to support young people with their next step into the world of work.”

For more information about Experience Kettering, or if you are an employer wishing to offer work experience for a young person aged 18-24 please contact the Evolve Business Training team on 01536 419570.

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