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Free BT work placements to help youngsters in London get 'Work Ready'

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

The ten day course, combining hands-on work experience with coaching and training is open to anyone aged 16 to 24 not currently in education, employment or 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.

Courses have taken place in Edmonton, in the London Borough of Enfield and also BT Centre, London. Prabhjot Basra, Regional Partnership Director, said: “BT work placements give local, young people the opportunity to experience the working day and gain an invaluable insight of what is expected in the workplace. I’d encourage you to register your interest to ensure you don’t miss out on future courses.”

BT is also offering young people the chance to sign up for seven week traineeships in a variety of roles across the UK. During the course, trainees will get hands on experience of the workplace with an opportunity to run a project from start to finish, working both individually and as part of a team. Trainees also learn practical and transferrable work skills and can gain a nationally recognised qualification in digital employability. They can even brush up on maths and English. At the end of the course, trainees will leave with a career plan in place and receive ongoing help and support to complete the next steps towards employment or education.

The BT Traineeship and Work Placements are both 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.