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Posted: 25/07/11

Unique summer scheme is just the job

A unique scheme to help Mansfield school-leavers find a job while gaining new skills is under way.

The ‘Summer Job Shop’ – which is helping 60 young people aged 16 to 18 prepare for employment through workshops and activities, with the aim of getting a third of them into paid apprenticeships – was officially launched earlier this month by Mansfield District Council, West Notts College and its recruitment service, Vision Apprentices.

The programme runs two-and-a-half days a week over a three-week period, starting Monday 25 July, with support on offer including career and employability workshops, ‘try a trade’ sessions, help creating a professional CV and a chance to meet employers looking to recruit new employees.  Attendees are paid £20 a week while on the programme and have a chance to apply for job vacancies at the end.

Pictured at the launch at Mansfield Civic Centre are (from left) Mansfield Mayor Tony Egginton, Sandra Cowley, head of employer engagement at West Notts College and director of Vision Apprentices; Ruth Marlow, managing director of Mansfield District Council; and Irvin Robinson, chairman of Mansfield 2020.