170 students taking part in workplace visits for Work Inspiration Week

170 students will be visiting local Barnsley workplaces this week to get first-hand experience of working life. Students will be informed on the range of exciting career opportunities that are available to them.

As part of Barnsley Council’s ‘More and Better Jobs’ initiative, Work Inspiration Week will see around 170 students from Kirk Balk Academy visiting local employers. This pilot of workplace visits will take place from Monday 18 March to Friday 22 March. Visits for pupils of Penistone Grammar School will take place later in the year.

The students, aged 12-13, will take part in half-day visits to understand how a business functions. They’ll be visiting businesses in the construction sector, retail, museums, colleges and more.

Many local businesses were excited at the opportunity to inspire their potential future workforce.

Some of the providers and activities include:

  • Barnsley FC is inviting students to a press conference.
  • Berneslai Homes will be giving students construction challenges.
  • Barnsley College will teach pupils about recruitment, IT, finance and marketing.
  • Barnsley Council’s museum service will showcase what it takes to look after the parkland at Cannon Hall.
  • Students will plan to build a school with environmental consultants Enzygo.
  • MKB Solicitors will be challenging students to come up with advice for a case.
  • The Source is working with Meadowhall to explore opportunities in retail.
  • Students will learn about the planning life cycle from Turner and Townsend in Sheffield.

Other private and public sector organisations across the borough are also getting involved.

Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “This fantastic initiative for our young people will give them an understanding of the workplace and how many great businesses they could work for here in Barnsley.

“It’s brilliant to see so many businesses come forward to get involved in these workplace visits. This scheme shows how committed Barnsley Council is to helping our young people learn new skills. We hope the students will get a lot out of these visits and feel inspired for their future careers.”

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