A SCHEME born from two Wakefield businessmen’s drive to put something back into the community was launched this week.
Wakefield Works will consist of a day later this year during which employers from across the district will open their doors to job seekers looking for advice, work experience, apprenticeships and part-time or full-time vacancies.
The idea was conceived by Andy Turner, managing director of First Choice Recruitment, and Marcello Moccia, owner of Room:97 hairdressers, and is being backed by the Wakefield Express.
Mr Turner explained the significance of the scheme. He said: “We know of the difficulties facing those without a job in the present climate, and this initiative is designed to give local people an opportunity to interact with senior individuals in a range of businesses and sectors.
“It is a once-in-a-year chance to get advice about a chosen profession from the horse’s mouth, and possibly impress enough to earn some work experience or an apprenticeship.”
The premise is simple: on Thursday, October 4, all participating companies will have a senior person on hand to give advice and discuss career opportunities with Wakefield’s job seekers.
The minimum requirement for an organisation to take part is that they must be able to offer a week’s work experience to the best person they see on the day.
Some of the city’s biggest firms and organisations have already signed up, but Wakefield Works is open to all kinds and sizes of company wanting to help their city.
The initiative is also being backed by JobCentre Plus.
Mr Moccia added: “We want to provide a stucture that allows companies to explore untapped resources in Wakefield and to give job seekers the focus to take the initiative and find out how they can get into their chosen profession.”
During the coming weeks there will be further details published about the scheme and how you can get involved, either as an employer or a potential employee.
The online partner of Wakefield Works, Statement Digital, is currently constructing a website at www.wakefieldworks.co.uk which will also provide additional information.
And in next week’s Express we will be announcing the initial tranche of employers that have agreed to take part.
Express editor, Mark Bradley, said: “This is a unique twist on helping raise the aspirations of Wakefield’s unemployed.
“Even if we get one person into a job off the back of the Wakefield Works day it will be a success, but I’m hoping there will be many more good news stories to come from this.”
Any employer interested in taking part should email firstname.lastname@example.org