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06/09/2022Young people from Kent got stuck into practical projects and developed employability skills with the help of industry employers and volunteers on...
As part of our work funded by the Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust, we recently held a session to facilitate introductions between young people at Cookham Wood Young Offenders Institute and industry employers from DGP Logistics.
Volunteers from DGP Logistics joined the young people for a careers networking session for the young people to explore different routes into construction industry and for them find out about the day-to-day working life of the volunteers. The young people had the opportunity to ask questions and hear about the journeys the volunteers took to get where they are today.
It was good to finally talk to people who were trying to earn money like me and then changed their mind. It’s good to know if I don’t like something, I can always change to something new on site if I want!
As well as this, volunteers worked with the young people to review their CVs that they have been developing with their Construction Youth Trust coach. Having input from an employer is a fantastic way for the young people to develop their knowledge of skills that are employers look for when they are recruiting for entry level roles.
These sessions are so important, as they not only help young people to find out about possible career pathways and roles in the construction and built environment industry, but also help to connect young people with industry employers who they otherwise may not have had access to – supporting them to make a positive transition into an apprenticeship or job opportunity when they are ready.
We hope to be able to facilitate more sessions like this in the future!