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Programme to forge new links between businesses and school

  • All things business Northamptonshire magazine article April 2019

Businesses and schools across Daventry District were invited to an event that to build on important links between schools and workplaces. Daventry District Council (DDC) joined forces with SEMLEP for the Developing Your Future Workforce event, which showed local businesses how they can benefit from providing opportunities for young people to experience the world of work. That could mean anything from a one-off site visit, a lecture, and mock interviews through to shadowing, work placement and apprenticeships.

Companies were invited to attend the event at the iCon Innovation Centre  on Friday 10th May, to find out more about proposals for a work experience programme to run in Daventry District during the 2019-20 academic year. Councillor David James, Daventry District Council’s Economic, Regeneration and Employment Portfolio Holder, said: “It is in the interests of both the employees and the employers of the future to forge links that help achieve work-ready candidates. “Young people benefit greatly from finding out more about what the workplace is like, what they can expect and what is expected of them. At the same time, the employer gets an insight into how a young person operates, their strengths and potential for development. “We’re hoping to attract a wide range of businesses to the event, including some of those involved in our key projects, such as Willmott Dixon who are leading the new cinema development, Arcadia from DIRFT and Stepnell, from the Catesby Tunnel project.”

The event featured short presentations and examples of good practice, together with an opportunity to meet fellow employers that are currently engaging with local schools. Visitors to the event also heard about an initial encounter organised to bring together Volvo in Daventry, youngsters from Daventry Hill School and sixth form students from Parker E-ACT Academy.

Stacey Drake, Careers Leader from Daventry Hill School, a co-educational school for pupils with special educational needs, explained how valuable a three-day work education programme had been for pupils from the two schools. “For our young people, sitting in a classroom listening to someone tell them about what goes on in a workplace isn’t always appropriate – they need to see and experience things for themselves and the days we spent with Volvo achieved that,” she said.

“Working with the Volvo team and the sixth formers from Parker E-ACT gave our pupils the opportunity to get involved in a way they haven’t experience before. They were all given a tour of the facility and given a real insight into what it’s like to work for Volvo.”