Work scheme aims to help youngsters into work

Photo Neil Cross'Places for People, South Rings Business Park, Bamber Bridge
Photo Neil Cross'Places for People, South Rings Business Park, Bamber Bridge
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Housing provider Places for People has launched a new pilot scheme to help young people across Lancashire who are not currently in education, employment or training to gain the skills they will need to help them get a job.

The Work Experience programme will offer up to 30 paid six month entry level positions to young people aged 18-24 who want to gain employment experience.

Through a variety of different positions within Places for People, young people will learn skills from customer service and IT, to assisting with working in the community or construction work.

With the company’s e-learning and Virtual academy, candidates will learn job application and interview techniques as well as vital communication and negotiation skills, and complete the programme with references to assist them in any future job search.

WE follows on from the success of Places for People’s Future Jobs Fund programme in 2011.

Under that scheme, 329 work placements within the Group resulted in a number of young people being offered further opportunities.

Places for People will support those selected into the WE programme with a dedicated programme manager.

David Cowans, Chief Executive of Places for People, which provides homes in the local area and has offices at Bamber Bridge and Ashton-on-Ribble in Preston, said: “Places for People has a strong track record in finding and nurturing young, talented individuals, who have often gone on to work for companies within the Group.

“At a time when the jobs market is more competitive than ever, it’s vital that young people have an opportunity to learn and improve on the skills they will need for future employment.”