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Plans for a summer camp to give 50 young people the chance to experience what it is like to work in manufacturing and engineering are going ahead at full speed, say organisers.

The programme is the brainchild of Work-wise, the South Yorkshire-based independent initiative that has been providing high quality work placements for young people aged 14 to 26.

Work-wise chairman and local entrepreneur Kevin Parkin has re-assured schools, pupils and parents about the future of the initiative following the demise of Business & Education South Yorkshire, which administered the programme.

“Work-wise will be unaffected by the closure of Business & Education South Yorkshire,” Mr Parkin told The Star.

“Business & Education South Yorkshire helped to establish the Work-wise delivery process and developed into a supplier for the programme. Their work will be undertaken by the dedicated Work-wise team which has worked hard to ensure a smooth transition.”

A number of former Business & Education South Yorkshire staff, including chief executive Jackie Freeborn and business development manager John Barber have been working on a voluntary basis to help Work-wise through the transition.

Jackie Freeborn paid tribute to all the former Business & Education South Yorkshire staff and the support that the local business community had provided to ensure key projects kept going.

“What happened to Business & Education South Yorkshire was really, really sad. A lot of the staff came in on a voluntary basis; their commitment was awesome. All the problems came together and we couldn’t cut costs fast enough,” she said.