Hundreds of pupils have been given a glimpse into the world of work.
More than 1160 students from high schools across Denbighshire have attended three careers events as part of Denbighshire County Council’s Ready for Work programme.
Events were held in Denbigh, Prestatyn and Llangollen with pupils having the chance to speak to 26 businesses and organisations about their future careers.
Leader of Denbighshire, Councillor Hugh Evans OBE, launched Ready for Work at the event at Denbigh Leisure Centre.
He said: “I was delighted to launch Ready for Work and have the opportunity to talk to pupils and businesses.
“Working together to make sure our young people get the best advice and mentoring to help them start on a career is vitally important.
“Ready for Work will help students understand the expectations and requirements of employers.
“It will also enable pupils and their parents to gain awareness of the huge variety of jobs and career opportunities within Denbighshire.
“As part of our work developing the economy under our Economic and Community Ambition Strategy, we want to make sure the county has a skilled workforce equipped to benefit from jobs and opportunities that arise.”
Ready for Work, which is being delivered with the support of Careers Wales, provides students with enhanced mentoring support, extra careers advice as well as working with employers to develop workplace skills.
Businesses that attended events included Ifor Williams Trailers, Wynne Construction, Fifth Wheel, H&D Fitzgerald as well as the BBC, Balfour Beatty, Barclays and JCB.
Alison Hourihane, business and community development manager for Bodelwyddan-based Wynne Construction, said: “We are really keen to introduce construction as a career.
“It is important programmes like Ready for Work and events like this get students in contact with employers. Pupils have been asking questions about what qualifications they need, so it is good that we have been able to give them an overview.”
Councillor Huw Hilditch-Roberts, Denbighshire’s Lead Member for Education, Children and Young People, said: “Ready for Work offers young people in Denbighshire the chance to get vital career information and helps them develop an understanding of the world of work.
“It is important we support them and provide them with the right tools to find the career that is right for them. Working with employers directly is a major part of Ready for Work and I am pleased the project has had a successful start.”
Ready for Work will aim to embed careers advice activity within the core curriculum delivered by schools and will include partnering businesses with schools so they can provide practical advice.
It will also include the creation of an alumni community scheme to take advantage of the skills and knowledge of former pupils.
Robin Nash, a teacher at Ruthin’s Ysgol Brynhyfryd, said: “Career events are great for pupils. The pupils are at a time when they are choosing their future for the first time. There are lots of opportunities and this gives them different sectors to look at. It is really good for the pupils to get an idea of what is out there for them.”
Posted on Tuesday 12th December 2017