Free BT work placements to help youngsters in Cornwall get 'work ready'
BT is offering more free work placements to help young people in Cornwall get ‘work ready’ and prepared for their future careers.
The ten day course, combining hands-on work experience with coaching and training,is open to anyone aged 16 to 24 not currently in education, employment or training.
Work placements are a great opportunity for people to build confidence and learn practical work skills such as CV writing and interview techniques. Although the course does not carry a formal qualification, attendees are given a certificate showing their attendance and achievements to demonstrate their commitment to prospective employers.
The next Cornwall course is due to start on Monday June 19 at the BT offices in Calenick Street, Truro. It will be followed by further courses in Truro beginning on September 25 and February 19. For more details or to apply visit www.bt.com/workready.
Jon Reynolds, chairman of BT’s South West regional board, said: “BT work placements give local, young people the opportunity to experience the working day and gain invaluable insight of what is expected in the workplace.
“There are a number of opportunities to join a work placement in Truro so even if a person can’t attend the course in June I’d encourage them to register their interest to ensure they don’t miss out.”
BT is also offering young people the chance to sign up for seven week traineeships in a variety of roles across the UK. During the course, trainees will get hands on experience of the workplace with an opportunity to run a project from start to finish, working both individually and as part of a team.Trainees also learn practical and transferrable work skills and can gain a nationally recognised qualification in digital employability. They can even brush up on maths and English.
At the end of the course, trainees will leave with a career plan in place and receive ongoing help and support to complete the next steps towards employment or education.
The BT Traineeship and Work Placements are both part of the BT Work Ready programme which is a series of initiatives provided to help young people, particularly from disadvantaged backgrounds, gain employment skills and get them ready for work. It’s part of BT’s commitment as a founding partner in the Movement to Work coalition of employers.**
Further information on BT’s Work Ready programme – www.bt.com/workready
Notes to Editors
** Movement to Work offers work placements to 16-24-year-olds who are not in education, employment or training. And particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds who can struggle to identify and take advantage of employment opportunities.
BT is a lead company for the charity, which is a collaboration of UK employers aiming to tackle youth unemployment by providing high-quality work experience placements.