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4th Apr 2014

Young people from Bracknell have been speaking out about the problems they face when trying to find work.  In a video made to promote Adviza’s Work Pairing scheme they describe the ‘catch 22’ of not having the experience that employers want to get that first job, and explain how this new programme has helped them. 

The Work Pairing scheme is an opportunity for NEET (not in employment, education or training) 16-18 year olds in Bracknell to break the cycle of ‘no work experience – no work’.   It carefully matches them to a local employer who specialises in the area of work they’re interested in.  For three months they spend two days a week with the employer and one day a week with NACRO to improve their maths, English and general employability skills. 

The young person is paid by Bracknell Forest Council, who fund the programme together with NACRO. The employer benefits from an enthusiastic pair of hands for three months and is under no obligation to take on the young person at the end of the placement.  The scheme, which started in October 2013, has been very successful so far, with 90% of the first cohort having secured a job, apprenticeship or further training. 

Jessica Tyrrell, who runs the programme, said: “It was really good fun making this video and it was great to be a part of something that takes a new approach to getting people into work."

 


 

If you would like to take part in the scheme, or are an employer interested in being involved, please contact the Bracknell Connexions Centre on 0845 408 5008 Email: bracknellcentre@adviza.org.uk

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