With GCSEs and A-Levels behind them, some young people in H&F will be looking at opportunities to enter the world of work rather than continue in education.
For those looking for help with their next steps, H&F Council has experts at hand. The WorkZone team are based in Shepherds Bush Library in Wood Lane.
“Sometimes it’s difficult to know what the next steps might be after school, sixth form or college, but our WorkZone team are here to help,” said Cllr Larry Culhane, Cabinet Member for Children and Education.
“We’re working to ensure local people can benefit from the new opportunities being created in H&F. Why not visit WorkZone and see how we can help?”
What you’ll find at WorkZone
You’ll be greeted by friendly advisers who are able to introduce you to support and opportunities, including:
- Apprenticeships in a range of industries
- The award-winning SPEAR course helping young people overcome barriers (like low confidence or a lack of qualifications) preventing them from getting into work
- Sessions with advisers from the National Careers Service who can give in depth advice on finding a job that’s right for you and how to get it
- Information on a wide range of training courses and volunteering opportunities
How St James is helping youngsters build successful careers
H&F Council works with companies in a wide range of sectors, such as retail, finance, the arts, and construction to provide jobs for young people.
One of these is developer St James. It runs an apprenticeship scheme at its White City Living Development. The project which will see 1,845 homes built over 10 years.
“We’re providing young people with the skills, qualifications, and experience they need to make a career in construction possible,” said Demaro Woodruffe, of St James.
He said there are a wide range of roles that young people might not think of – it’s not all about getting your hands dirty - with careers in construction site management or working as a quantity surveyor.
“It’s about giving back to the community by giving young people exposure to different trades,” he said.
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