Wakefield Works On Tour 2015

Wakefield Works, the campaign to boost the employability and skills of local, young people aged between 16 and 25, is back with a brand new four day tour of the district, which kick-starts on Monday 15th June.

Working in partnership with Jobcentre Plus, Wakefield Works will help to connect young people with local businesses and is appealing to district wide organisations to get involved in the events that will be held in Wakefield, Castleford, Pontefract and Hemsworth Jobcentres.

Businesses must register their interest in advance and can support the programme by joining the tour to speak to young people; offering career advice, an insight into their sector or to detail specific job opportunities. Interested organisations can join the tour for a few hours, at a specific tour location or for the full four day event.

Andy Turner, of Wakefield Works, comments:

“Over the last three years we’ve had a great deal of success with the Wakefield Works programme; we’ve helped to create 47 permanent positions, had 64 people on work experience and helped hundreds of individuals improve their employment chances but there is still more that we can do.

Traditionally, through Wakefield Works, young people have visited employers in their working environments. This year, following the success of the Wakefield Works Jobs fair, we are taking local businesses on tour.

“We already have a number of organisations from a range of sectors signed-up, but there is still time for more to get involved.”

Sinéad Sopala, Director of Marketing for Ramsdens Solicitors, comments:

Ramsdens are delighted to support the Wakefield Works initiative for the third year in a row. It’s a great opportunity to offer first hand support and advice whilst also providing a direct path to potential jobs and training, which is vital for young people and the wider community as a whole.”

Laura Hood, from Arena Group, the document experts, comments:

“We’re really pleased to be involved in Wakefield Works for the very first time. As a business we are keen to find people that have the right attitude as we offer the training to develop the required skills, so this is the perfect opportunity for us to meet young people who may not have considered our sector or our business as a potential career opportunity.”

Ian Parsons of Parsons & Co Chartered Accountants, comments: “I have been involved in Wakefield Work since 2014 and believe that the on tour format will be welcomed by young people. My involvement stems from a desire to help young people understand that they can get into a profession like accounting – even when it may seem out of their reach.

“I’ll be doing this by explaining more about accountancy, highlighting that it’s not just about numbers!”

Businesses who would like to find out more and get involved in Wakefield Works 2015, should contact andyturner@firstchoice-uk.com.