Charity Believe in Young People (BiYP) and one of its employer partners Babylon restaurant in Kensington teamed up with a group of 80 Year 10 pupils, bringing education and businesses together to help place young people in work placements, apprenticeships and jobs.
The Inspire event is part of a bigger campaign to place 5,000 young people on their career paths this summer, and help reduce youth unemployment.
Jason Hermon, assistant headteacher at Lampton School, said: “The highlight was being able to apply for structured work experience and apprenticeships through BiYP, who also made the process of local employer engagement easy and seamless.
“Through this event BiYP has created clear pathways to clear careers for our students. This is good news for them, for us as a school and for the area!”
The session focused on the transition from education into the world of work and included producing the perfect personal statement and job application before applying for opportunities with employers including Babylon, Premier Inn, Costa and Hilton Worldwide.
Bablyon restaurant manager Peter Avis said: “The placements have got a real potential to turn into future employment opportunities and we’re looking forward to welcoming these talented students shortly.”
BiYP’s employer-led programme works with schools and colleges to develop and prepare young people for employment, with an online platform to support students with resources, careers information and workshops as well as track their development.
BiYP’s CEO Tanja Kuveljic added: “We are delighted to have been able to bring these students together with local employers and it feels amazing that these young people are on track to play a key part in growing the local economy.
“Having employers, such as Babylon, on board as partners is vital to help prevent youth unemployment in the local community.”
Schools and colleges interested in holding a free event should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01908 695560. Go online for more information.