1000 students taking part in workplace visits for Work Inspiration Week

We will be supporting 1000 young people to ‘get into work’ that they enjoy through this year’s Work Inspiration Week with businesses across the Sheffield City Region.

As part of Barnsley Council’s ‘More and Better Jobs’ initiative, workplace visits will take place between March and June for young people to understand the exciting range of career opportunities available to them.

Young people will get an insight into the world of work as well as developing their employability and transferable skills.  Businesses will get the opportunity to showcase their opportunities and industry, inspire young people and help to raise their ambitions and aspirations.

Companies already signed up include Henry Boot, Enzygo, Kier, Harris Construction, T3 Training, Twiggs, Bob’s business, We are Awesome, Barnsley Football and Barnsley College as well as other organisations across the borough.

Berneslai Homes said: “The staff found it to be a valuable opportunity and a great opportunity to encourage young people to consider an apprenticeship scheme.”

Barnsley Football said: “All session leaders have mentioned how impressed they were with the student’s levels of engagement and concentration throughout the visit.”

Feedback from Cannon Hall Museum was that “I think work Inspiration Week is an ideal way of showing young people there is more to a service than what they may see as a visitor, so hopefully they gain an appreciation of the work that goes on behind the scenes and understand there are opportunities in sectors they hadn’t known about or considered before”. 

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place (Regeneration and Culture), said: “It is great to see so many local businesses come forward to support young people and showcase the opportunities available to them across the City Region. We are committed to helping young people to develop their skills and hope they gain a lot from the experience inspiring them to fulfil their full potential”.

If you are interested in offering an opportunity, please contact Helen Valentine HelenValentine@barnsley.gov.uk or keep up to date with us on I Know I Can’s twitter.

This news is linked to Town Spirit, our new way of working better together. We believe, that if everyone in Barnsley does just one thing, we can make our borough a more welcoming place to live, work, invest and visit.

We'll do everything we can to help people and their family to achieve their potential by raising aspirations and creating a healthier, safer and better-educated population.

#OwnIt and help us to raise aspirations, confidence and develop enterprising behaviour by:

  • Preparing your children for starting school
  • Helping your children to get to school on time every day
  • Supporting your children to learn out of school
  • Helping young people in your family to stay in education and training
  • Committing to keep learning and develop your career

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