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Free BT work placements to help youngsters in Birmingham get 'work ready'
The three week course, combines hands-on work experience with coaching and training

Free work placements to help Birmingham youngsters get 'work ready

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. 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.

Colin Bannon, Chair of BT’s West Midlands 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 various West Midlands locations in the future, so even if someone can’t attend this course I’d encourage them 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.