Case study - Employability for under 16s

Barnsley Summer 2014 InternsSummer Holiday Internship 2015


Early in 2015, Barnsley MBC North Area Council recommissioned a Summer Holiday Internship programme focusing on employability skills for under 16s.  The purpose of the programme was ‘providing knowledge and greater understanding of the work environment and allowing young people to experience a work placement and benefit from preparation workshops, thus improving their employment prospects’. 


C&K Careers was awarded a contract to deliver the programme.

We worked with six schools in Barnsley - delivering the programme to over 100 Year 10 students. Initial careers guidance sessions in school were followed, in the summer holidays, by employability training workshops and week-long work placements.

C&K Careers staff worked on tailoring the workshops, which prepared students for their placements, around individual students needs. 

A celebration event took place at Shaw Lane Sports Club where students shared their experiences and were awarded certificates by North Area Councillors.  A full evaluation was carried out, with all students reporting increases in scores in their baseline assessments against the Barnsley 'I Know I Can' competencies.


Barnsley internship video from C&K Careers

At the end of the project students had a five year plan to help them on their 'career' journey.

"The pre-placement training taught me how to present myself and be better at communicating and using my initiative." A student.

"Work experience has helped my future plans and is relevant to my job interests." A student

"A brilliant student – very hard working. Very impressed with him giving up holidays to do it. Would give him a job if a position comes up." An employer.

"Taken a really keen interest in the business and great attitude. It has been a pleasure having her working with us." An employer.

The graph below shows the difference the Internship made to students taking part

I know I can competency graph 2014


School Feedback
Feedback from schools also demonstrates that the project has impacted on students’ confidence in their abilities and engaged them in striving for a positive destination.

"The Internships as far as the students were concerned, was a fabulous experience. Every student said that they enjoyed it. They were very happy with what they had produced in the workshops and felt that they were able to use this effectively in the future with regards to progressing into employment. On my visits to the workshops the students were very focussed on what they were doing, but enjoying the activities at the same time. The work experience aspect was also very much enjoyed by all students and many felt that they had learnt a good deal from the experience. Many had returned to school with a heightened sense of confidence in their abilities and I am sure that this will bode well for the future for them."


The success of the North Area Summer Holiday Internship has led a number of Barnsley Area Councils to re-commission it.  C&K Careers has delivered this successful programme twice and hopes to do so again in the future.

For further information:

Contact: Joel, Project Co-ordinator  
Call: 01484 225500
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