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Free BT work placements to help youngsters in Bristol get 'work ready'

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BT is offering free work placements to help young people in Bristol get ‘work ready’ and prepared for their future careers

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 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 Bristol this will be an 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 are 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.

Jon Reynolds, Chair of BT’s South West regional board, 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 Bristol so I’d encourage you to register your interest.”

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. Further information on BT’s Work Ready programme – www.bt.com/workready