£4.5m jobs aid for city students

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STUDENTS at Sheffield College are to be fast-tracked into the world of work with help from a new £4.5 million national career creation scheme.

The college is to receive up to £1,000 per student to provide them with just the right kind of work experience to complement their courses.

The plan will see students on engineering courses given the chance to experience the shopfloor at a car factory or shipbuilding firm, while those studying science will try out life in a lab.

Around 160 young people aged 16 to 19 are set to benefit over the next two years from the programme, which was welcomed by the college’s executive director of finance and resources Jason Pepper.

He said: “We are looking forward to exploring different ways of adding work experience to our curriculum offer and enabling more of our students to benefit from it.”

Sheffield has been chosen to benefit from the funding as it has one of the highest proportions of teenagers not in education, work or training.

It is hoped that by providing more relevant work experience placements, more of these young people will stay on their courses, pass their qualifications and get a job or an apprenticeship.

Ministers say they are determined to cut red tape hampering employers from providing placements for young people.

Employment Minister Chris Grayling said: “We appreciate that in hard economic times employers will often choose employees with proven work experience.

“We want to put young people on the front foot, giving them the help and support they need to find and keep employment.”