Employers across Coventry and Warwickshire have been urged to sign up to two initiatives to help young people gain valuable work experience.
The Coventry and Warwickshire LEP and Fair Train – which operates the National Work Experience Quality Standard - outlined how work experience, traineeships and apprenticeships can improve organisations at a special event at North Warwickshire and Hinckley College.
The event was hosted by Marion Plant, principal of the college and chair of the CW LEP Skills Group and was designed to show companies how to achieve best value from work experience placements – for them and for young people.
The quality standard helps companies demonstrate their commitment to helping young people, ensures the right young people participate and apply to firms and gives them a good quality experience.
The session also encouraged employers to support Work Experience Week in October, which highlights the importance and advantages of well organised programmes.
Marion said: “The Fair Train standard effectively means that employers and young people maximise the advantages that work experience can bring both parties.
“The LEP Skills Group is made up of strategic players involved in the demand for skills and the supply of skills. Our Skills Strategy has three main strategic priorities of using skills to drive growth and create jobs, developing skills to tackle unemployment and helping to ensure a better fit between education and employment.
“This is where quality work experience and the standards developed by Fair Train come in – put simply the development and delivery of good work experience is a fantastic way of developing practical workplace skills and understanding, but also a very motivating way for learners to develop the employability skills so many employers require.”
Left to right: Marion Plant, North Warwickshire and Hinckley College and South Leicestershire College Principal, Stephen Gardner (Fair Train) Beth Gardner (Fair Train), Rachael Stewart (CWLEP)