A pioneering work readiness initiative has celebrated the successful completion of its first ever Employability Summer Camp.
Master Cutler Neil MacDonald hosted the event at the Cutlers’ Hall for Work-wise, the Sheffield-based employer-led initiative to help young people to gain the knowledge, skills and aptitude that will put them first in the queue to take up opportunities for employment.
Hundreds of youngsters have already taken part in Work-wise events and placements with local companies during the school year, however, the summer camp gave 25 youngsters, aged 14 to 16 the chance to take part in an intensive, two-week placement programme.
Former MP Richard Caborn, now an ambassador for the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and its new training centre, said: “The enthusiasm and commitment that these young people have shown during their two week placements during their school holidays, has been fantastic.
“It shows that there are quality young people with ability in our region suited to working in the engineering and manufacturing sector. It has been a win-win situation for both employers and students.”
Youngsters who benefitted from the programme included 14-year-old Owen Birks, from Rawmarsh Comprehensive School, who was placed with hi-tech power train experts Magnomatics.
He said: “This was a really good opportunity for me; I got to get involved in everything from purchasing to designing.
“While my friends have been playing Xbox and watching TV, I’ve been out there getting work experience.”
Owen’s parents added: “At school, work experience is optional. Work-wise has given Owen an excellent opportunity to explore his interest in engineering.”
Jon Beck who was with security equipment specialist Pyronix said the summer camp had given him the confidence to follow his career choice.
“Summer camp has made me more determined and in October I plan to apply for apprenticeships starting next June,” he said.