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Free BT work placements to help youngsters in Tees Valley get 'work ready'

Work ready programme
The three week course, combines hands-on work experience with coaching and training

Work placements are a great opportunity for people to build confidence and learn practical work skills such as CV writing and interview techniques. Although the course does not carry a formal qualification, attendees are given a certificate showing their attendance and achievements to demonstrate their commitment to prospective employers. The courses are open to anyone aged 16 to 24 not currently in education, employment or training.

The first week of the course is mainly office based and focuses on building and developing practical work skills. This is followed by a week ‘on the job’, shadowing employees and getting hands on experience of the working day. In Middlesbrough attendees get the opportunity to work alongside engineers from Openreach, the business responsible for Britain’s largest phone and broadband network, as they build and maintain millions of miles of fibre and copper cables that connect every home and business in the UK to local telephone exchanges. The final days of the work placement is spent doing mock interviews and a day assessment as well as developing an individual plan of the next steps to find employment or return to education. Tees Valley courses were held at the BT offices on Marton Road in Middlesbrough.

Simon Roberson, BT’s Regional Partnership Director, said: “BT work placements give local, young people the opportunity to experience the working day and gain invaluable insight of what is expected in the workplace. There will be more opportunities to join a work placement in Tees Valley so I would encourage young people to register their interest to make sure they don’t miss out.”

BT work placements are part of the BT Work Ready programme which is a series of initiatives provided to help young people, particularly from disadvantaged backgrounds, gain employment skills and get them ready for work. It’s part of BT’s commitment as a founding partner in the Movement to Work coalition of employers. For more details or to apply visit www.bt.com/workready.