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Posted: 25/05/11

Calling school-leavers in Mansfield…

School-leavers in Mansfield are being offered a unique opportunity to find a job while being paid to learn new skills.

There are 60 places up for grabs on a ‘Summer Job Shop’ being run by West Nottinghamshire College in partnership with its recruitment service, Vision Apprentices, and Mansfield District Council.

They are open to any 16 to 18-year-olds who live in the Mansfield district and are about to leave school, and is either looking for work or seeking an apprenticeship.

The programme consists of workshops and activities that prepare young people for employment, along with help in planning their careers – with the aim of getting at least 20 of them into paid employment through an apprenticeship.

Held two-and-a-half days a week over a three-week period, the support on offer includes career workshops, tips on employability skills, help creating a professional CV and a chance to meet employers that are looking to recruit.

There will also be activities designed to improve people’s team-building and communication skills including abseiling and raft-building

The Summer Job Shop starts week commencing 25 July, with workshops and activities taking place at various venues in Mansfield.  Attendees will earn £20 per week over the three weeks of the programme and have a chance to apply for job vacancies at the end.

The scheme has been funded by the district council’s Working Neighbourhoods Fund, which aims to support local employers in recruiting local young people.

Sandra Cowley, head of employer engagement at West Nottinghamshire College and director of Vision Apprentices, said: “This is a great opportunity for young people in Mansfield who are unsure about their career path and struggling to find employment.

“We really want to make a difference to young people’s lives by helping them gain new skills, get motivated and succeed in entering the job market.”

Mansfield District Council’s Executive Mayor Tony Egginton said: “The Council and West Notts College have a strong track record of helping young people into employment and this is one of many schemes we are delighted to be putting our weight behind.

“I empathise with school leavers and young people in general. This scheme builds on the work that the Mansfield Learning Partnership and our Youth Mayor has done to increase awareness by employers to the fortunes of young people in their life journey. This gives those lucky 60 students a great opportunity to build on skills that employers are looking for.

Young people that meet the eligibility criteria can register their interest by calling Vision Apprentices on 0800 121 8317 or emailing summerjobshop@wnc.ac.uk

For further information visit www.visionapprentices.co.uk