Dr Lis Smith, principal at Preston’s College, said that providing opportunities for youngsters would generate new jobs and boost the economy of the North.
A report by The Northern Powerhouse Partnership called on more employers to offer work experience which it said would give at least 900,000 young people experience of the world of work.
Preston’s College is sponsoring the Employer of the Year category at one of Lancashire’s leading business awards, the Be Inspired Business Awards, which is now open for applications.
Dr Smith said: “Education and skills are at the heart of making the Northern Powerhouse a success and will only succeed if all parties work together.
“At Preston’s College, we work every day alongside businesses in Lancashire who want to make a difference and inspire young people to get the skills our economy requires, but there are many more businesses who we could work with. “Providing good quality work experience will also then help all businesses when they do take on young people, whether in the fast growing area of apprenticeships, straight into jobs, or as graduates, as those young people will have a much better grasp of what it really means to be in work when they do start.”
The NPPP report, titled Educating the North, estimates creating a skilled workforce, coupled with increased Government investment, would allow 850,000 extra jobs to be created and generate an additional £100bn for the UK economy by 2050.
The Be Inspired Business Awards, the BIBAs, has 18 awards categories up for grabs this year. The deadline for applications is April 6.