Wakefield Works up and running again to find young people jobs

Wakefield Works. Mark Bradley Express editor with Francis Granger.
Wakefield Works. Mark Bradley Express editor with Francis Granger.

Organisers of an initiative to get young people across the city into work are appealing for help from local businesses.

The Wakefield Works campaign – now in its third year – aims to help young people aged 16 to 25 to find work placements, job opportunities or career guidance.

The idea – backed by the

This year’s event takes place from Tuesday September 2 to Thursday, September 4 and 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.”

Michelle McArthur-Morgan, Jigsaw@work said: “The aims and purpose of the project are great and demonstrate businesses commitment to helping young people into employment.”

Gareth Hunt from Copiserv added: “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.”

Nick Masheder of Beaumont Legal: “The quality of those taking part in the scheme was excellent, they clearly used their initiative to research their career progression.”

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