Wakefield Works campaign needs support of local businesses

Organisers of the Wakefield Works campaign are asking local businesses to help get the city’s young people back into employment.

By Gemma Jimmison
Friday, 27th June 2014, 2:00 pm
Wakefield Works. Mark Bradley Express editor with Francis Granger.
Wakefield Works. Mark Bradley Express editor with Francis Granger.

The initiative - backed by the Wakefield Express - aims to help under 25s with work placements, job opportunities or career guidance.

The idea was launched by Andy Turner, managing director of First Choice Recruitment, and Marcello Moccia, owner of Room 97 hairdressers.

The third annual event will run from Tuesday, September 2, to Thursday, September 4.

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It will include the initiative’s first-ever jobs fair, which will be spearheaded by Wakefield Council’s apprenticeship team.

Last year 32 businesses agreed to be involved in the campaign, with 66 candidates registering to attend interviews across a variety of sectors including law, hospitality, retail and PR.

Richard Batty, head of service desk operations at Fujitsu, said: “Wakefield Works has enabled our business to reach out to another group of potential employees within our local community.

“We have been able to identify new employees and support others in gaining valuable real life experience. We value the Wakefield Works initiative and will continue to support it.”

Gareth Hunt, from Copiserv, said: “Wakefield Works is a fantastic opportunity provided to the young people of our city.

“I will continue to support Wakefield Works as I feel that, as a potential employer, I have a responsibility to the city’s young people to give them an opportunity.”

Any employer wishing to take part should register their interest by visiting www.wakefieldworks.co.uk