Free BT work placements to help youngsters in the Black Country get 'work ready'
BT is offering free work placements to help young people in the Black Country get ‘work ready’ and prepared for their future careers.
The two and three-week courses, combining hands-on work experience with coaching and training, are 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 local courses are in West Bromwich and Walsall. The West Bromwich course is for two weeks, starting on August 21 at BT’s offices at 1 Providence Place, while the Walsall event takes place at Network House in Goodall Street from August 29 for three weeks. 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.
Colin Bannon, chair of BT’s West Midlands 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 will be more opportunities to join a work placement in various West Midlands locations later this year, so even if someone can’t attend either of these courses I’d encourage them to register their interest to make sure they 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
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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.
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