A LEADING oil and gas firm is helping ensure young people are ready for work by honing their employability skills.
Whessoe Engineering Limited has joined forces with corporate social responsibility initiative Darlington Cares and youth employment project Foundation for Jobs to deliver the Ready for Work employability scheme at Hummersknott Academy in Darlington.
A national survey of more than 500 businesses carried out by Barclays last year found that companies were often struggling to find young people who already possessed the employability skills required for entry level jobs.
In addition an ICM survey showed that of employers who had hired young people into entry level positions in the previous five years more than half highlighted their interview preparation as the major factor in offering a job.
The Ready for Work pilot scheme, which starts by demonstrating to young people employability skills they already possess and moves on to look at CV and interview techniques, is expected to be rolled out to more secondary schools in Darlington, where Whessoe is based.
Around 25 students in Year Ten at the school are taking part in the pilot which has been developed and delivered by Whessoe HR advisor Susan Wood and internal recruitment consultant Rebecca Brown who are based at the Samsung C&T subsidiary’s offices at Morton Palms in Darlington.
Following the sessions the pupils involved will then take part in a mock job interview carried out by employers from firms in the town.
Darlington Cares, which was set up in October 2012, promotes community volunteering among Darlington’s leading employers and generated more than 850 volunteering hours last year.
It has more than 20 members, including Cummins, EE, DeepOcean, Sherwoods, Modus Seabed Intervention and Newsquest North East, The Northern Echo’s parent company.
Now a national award-winning project, Foundation for Jobs is a joint initiative to tackle youth unemployment involving The Northern Echo, Darlington Borough Council and the Darlington Partnership of private firms and public sector organisations, which has also enjoyed support from businesses and industrialists across the whole North-East region.
It has worked with more than 4,000 young people since it was launched in January 2012.