Free BT work placements to help youngsters in South Yorkshire get ‘work ready’
BT is offering free work placements to help young people in South Yorkshire get ‘work ready’ and prepared for their future careers.
The three week 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 South Yorkshire courses, at the BT contact centre on the Lakeside Business Centre in Doncaster, will start on July 11 and August 22, 2017. A further course will be held in Sheffield starting on August 29. For more details or to apply visit www.bt.com/workready.
The first week of the course is mainly office based and focuses on building and developing practical work skills. This is followed by a week ‘on the job’, shadowing employees and getting hands on experience of the working day.
The final days of the work placement are spent doing mock interviews and a day assessment as well as developing an individual plan of the next steps to find employment or return to education.
Tom Keeney, chair of BT’s regional board in Yorkshire and the Humber, 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 will be more opportunities to join a work placement in South Yorkshire so even if you can’t attend these particular courses I’d encourage you to register your interest to make sure you don’t miss out.”
BT work placements are 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
** 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