Experience Corby celebrations in ParliamentPosted: December 5, 2013
I was pleased to welcome the participants of “Experience Corby” to parliament on 28th November.
“Experience Corby” is a project that I have run in partnership with Tresham College that aims to match young people who are out of work with employers who are willing to offer short term work experience placements.
The programme has been a great success, with some young people being offered full time employment and apprenticeships and others who have been able to use their experience and references from the project to secure work elsewhere.
As the Northamptonshire Telegraph reports “Becky McKay from Corby, who graduated from university in the summer and was finding it difficult to gain full time employment, signed up for the initiative and was offered a work experience placement by forestry management consultants Lockhart Garrett. She impressed the company so much, a new full-time position was created for her”.
Other organisations which took part in Experience Corby were Angle, Ford & Slater, Echo Packaging, Ruby Mear, Cambridge Manufacturing, Cloverleaf Canine Centre, Deanslist and Tata Steel. I was also delighted to welcome Colleen Cassidy to my constituency office for a work experience placement.
To celebrate the young people’s success and as a thank you for the employers’ support I invited all participants to a parliamentary reception at the House of Commons last week. The young people involved were presented with certificates of achievement and references from their employer. The day ended with a tour around the Houses of Parliament and a chance for the visitors to sit in and listen to a debate in the House of Commons on small business.
More jobs for young people is one of my 6 key pledges and I am very pleased that “Experience Corby” has got off to such a good start.