Kirklees students, their parents, employers, the Mayor, senior leaders from several Kirklees schools, C&K Careers and Kirklees Council staff attended an event to celebrate the successful completion of a two week internship, that took place in the summer holidays.
Young people from Kirklees Virtual School, Thornhill Community Academy, Royds Hall Community School, Moor End Academy, Batley Grammar School and All Saints Catholic College gave up part of their summer holidays to take part in the internship which was funded by Kirklees Council. One of the main aims of the internship was to motivate and inspire young people to realise their potential. During the first week they attended a week long employability programme to prepare them for the placement, during which they took part in interactive activities, helping them to find out more about their skills, their options after school, how to build a CV and interview skills they might need. Their second week was spent in the workplace learning more about the world of work and gaining valuable experience in an area they were interested in. The programme was well supported by local employers with 36 businesses offering a week long placement.
The event was held at Huddersfield Town Hall and students, their parents or carers, and employers from companies that offered placements were invited to attend to celebrate their involvement in the programme. Following presentations from students, Kirklees Council and C&K Careers staff involved, the Mayor presented certificates of completion to the students and employers.
Students gained a lot from the experience, with one going on to secure a part-time job after the placement ended. The students gave some great feedback;
“I made new friends and the activities helped to improve my confidence.”
“I have been able to learn a lot more about law and see it from a different perspective which has been very interesting for me.”
Project Coordinator Tanya Barry really enjoyed heading up the programme this year.
“It has been wonderful to see the confidence of our students grow throughout the week that they participated in the employability workshops. At first many of our students felt very anxious about the prospect of going out on work experience but by the end of the week the students were feeling more confident and motivated to engage with employers and develop their employability and interpersonal skills further. We received some excellent feedback from the employers.”
One of the employers taking part in the programme said, “The experience is benefitting her as she is learning how a solicitor office runs. It has benefitted the company also as I now have more help. Thank you for sending her.”
If employers would like to offer work experience placements to young people contact C&K Careers Employer Engagement Team on 01484 225500.