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Bradford young adults back on course for world of work
A group of Bradford teenagers are the latest to be helped by a scheme to get them back into the working world.
Yesterday afternoon a group of nine ‘NEET’ (not in education, employment or training) youngsters were awarded certificates after the completion of a course to give them experience in administration roles and customer service. Run by Connexions, the course provided the 16-19 year olds with the skills, experience and confidence they need to move into the working world, and of the latest graduates two have already been offered jobs.
The certificates were presented by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Joanne Dodds, at a ceremony at Auburn House on Upper Piccadilly.
Sybil Bryan, of Connexions, said that many of the young people who take the course have qualifications, but often do not have the confidence or experience to find a job.
As part of the four-week course, run in conjunction with the Prince’s Trust, the young people completed two weeks’ work placements at local businesses including Incommunities, Bradford City, Poundstretcher and the Youth Information Shop. They also receive advice and classes on writing a CV and interview techniques.
Mrs Bryan said: “They have all done very well, it is a good return and two people have already secured jobs from the employers and another employer is hoping to take a third on.
“Some of these young people do have very good qualifications, but might lack the confidence, experience or interview skills to get a job. They are motivated and keen to improve.
“The courses have always been popular – some young people see it as a great way to boost their CVs.”
She said that with the competitive job market it was important young people have a way of gaining the experience they need to impress employers.
After completing the course, Connexions continues to support the young people, and say around 80 per cent find a job within three months of completing it. There are regular courses run throughout the year, and any young person interested can contact (01274) 377800.