Wakefield Works - giving real opportunities to young people

Young people aged 16 to 25 years old looking to gain valuable, ‘real life’ work experience with local companies can now register online for Wakefield Works 2014.

Now in its third year, Wakefield Works is urging young people who have a genuine desire to extend their employment opportunities through relevant work experience, to sign up to the campaign, which aims to provide and equip 16 to 25-year-olds with the knowledge they need to secure full time positions.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, September 2 and 3, local businesses will open their doors to individuals who want to meet local employers. Here candidates can speak directly to senior managers, find out what it’s like to work in their sector and what qualifications are needed while also receiving career advice and the potential of work experience and job opportunities.

The companies involved in the 2014 campaign cover a range of sectors and include Wakefield Express, En Route Hair & Beauty, Cedar Court Hotels, Chadwick Lawrence, The Ridings Shopping Centre, Fujitsu and Schools Speakers.

New for 2014 is the Wakefield Works jobs fair, in association with Wakefield Council. Taking place on Thursday, September 4, at Trinity Walk shopping centre, the jobs fair will see the districts businesses come together under one roof to meet candidates, with the offer of apprenticeships and job placements.

In 2013, 21-year-old Becky Westwood, from Wrenthorpe, secured a permanent position with Fujitsu as a result of Wakefield Works.

Becky, who was fresh out of university and finding it difficult to get a job relevant to her degree, said: ‘’Wakefield Works was a really good way for me to meet with businesses and potential employers across different sectors.

“I really enjoyed the experience as it gave me an insight into what other companies specialised in and the way they work. It was the perfect opportunity to make myself known and demonstrate how interested I was in finding work.

“I got so much more out of Wakefield Works than I ever expected. I gained experience in a working environment and knowledge of what to expect at an interview, it was also the perfect way to meet with potential employers.”

Candidates can find out more about the companies taking part in Wakefield Works by visiting www.wakefieldworks.co.uk, a dedicated site aimed specifically at connecting young people with employers. The website gives valuable information about the campaign and showcases what each organisation has to offer candidates.

It also allows candidates to register and book to see their chosen employers.