A campaign calling on Hertfordshire-based employers to help prepare young people for work, was launched today by North Hertfordshire College, and has already received the backing of several well-known local organisations.
Give a Future aims to link up NHC students with local businesses to give young people invaluable work-place experience so they are in the best position to find work once they gain their qualifications.
The campaign coincides with the start of Love Our Colleges week, an annual event which recognizes and celebrates the positive contribution colleges make across the country to build communities, boost businesses and support individuals.
Computacenter, Herts Football Association, Lister Hospital, Stevenage Borough Council, Amazing Apprenticeships, Hitchin BID, Pebble Beauty Sanctuary, Hotel Cromwell and MHA Trembaths have all pledged to support the campaign.
Those backing the campaign can choose to offer work experience or an apprenticeship, collaborate on a project, deliver a student talk or help to shape the college curriculum to ensure it is meeting current business needs.
Employers will have an opportunity to share their passion for their work and inspire the next generation. Their contribution will be invaluable to young people during these hugely challenging economic times and businesses could discover the talent they need to help sustain and grow their business.
The aim is that the initiative will bring together the local community and provide a sustainable model for collaboration in the future.
Principal Kit Davies, said:
“During the pandemic, businesses have been challenged in ways we could never have anticipated, and normal ways of working, in many cases, has been completely altered.
“Our young people have also made significant sacrifices and had to deal with a multitude of changes and restrictions. Now with future job opportunities unclear, they require as much support as possible.
“We know that many organisations are under huge pressure but investing in our students is really worthwhile. The feedback we have had in the past from employers who have worked with our students has been fantastic, and many end up getting job offers because they’ve made such a positive impact.
“I want to thank those who are already on board and urge as many employers as possible to back our campaign.”
Doris Webb, Future Talent Specialist at Computacenter, said:
“We love to train young people, to mentor and to support them on their journey to become successful in their careers, we want to raise their aspirations and value their opinions and ideas.”
Geraldine Ping, Director at Pebble Sanctuary Ltd, said:
“We are passionate about providing beauty students with the support they need to enable them to make a great success of their careers.”
Dean Thompson, General Manager at Hotel Cromwell, said:
“It makes such a difference to give students a taste of the hospitality business where they can learn and see what they can achieve, and then we hope that when their studies end, they will want to come and work with us. I look forward to working with NHC students for many years to come!”
Businesses who have already signed up and pledged their support for the Give a Future campaign include:
Clare’s Little Bears
East and North Herts NHS Trust – Lister Hospital
Hertfordshire Football Association
Jagged Edge Barbers
Pebble Beauty Sanctuary
Stevenage Borough Council
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