West Midlands Youngsters Get Opportunity to Kick-Start the New Year and their Careers with a Free BT Work Placement

17 Jan 2018

Published in: Member News

BT is on the lookout for around 45 young people in the West Midlands who want to kick-start their working life with a free work placement.

The three week 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.

The work placement offers the opportunity for people to build confidence and learn practical work skills such as CV writing and interview techniques. Attendees are given a certificate showing their attendance and achievements to demonstrate their commitment to prospective employers.

The latest opportunities will be in Birmingham, Sandwell and Walsall.

The Birmingham session starts on Tuesday, January 16 and will be held at BT's Midland telephone exchange in Station Street, opposite "Grand Central' in the city centre. The Sandwell course will take place at BT's office at 1 Providence Place, West Bromwich, from February 7, with the Walsall one taking place at BT's Network House in Goodall Street, from February 15.

The first week of the course is mainly office based and focuses on building and developing practical work skills such as time management, customer service and computing skills.

This is followed by a week "on the job', shadowing employees and getting hands on experience of the working day. In Birmingham and Sandwell this will be an opportunity to work alongside engineers from Openreach, the business responsible for Britain's largest phone and broadband network, as they build and maintain the millions of miles of fibre and copper cables that connect UK home and businesses to local telephone exchanges.

The final days of the work placement are spent doing mock interviews, creating a stand-out CV and developing an individual plan of the next steps to find employment or return to education.

Colin Bannon, chair of BT's regional board in the West Midlands, said: "A BT work placement is a fully supported programme, which can inspire young people, giving them the confidence and skills they need to either start their working life or return to education.

"I would encourage any young person looking to get on a new career path to join a work placement. We regularly run courses in the West Midlands so even if you can't attend this particular course, register your interest to make sure you don't miss out in the future."

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.**

BT has been running Work Ready since 2014 and to date more than 3,500 young people from around the UK have participated in the programme.More than half have gone on to either gain employment or return to education.

Further information on BT's Work Ready programme: www.bt.com/workready

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