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Get Notts WorkiNG: Pledge Your Support To A Young Person

Get Notts Working LogoOver the last 11 months, the Get Notts WorkiNG campaign has been working to secure Work Experience pledges from employers across Nottinghamshire. The campaign has received overwhelming support and is now closing in on its initial target of 200 pledges.

Work experience is all about helping young people prepare for employment by providing them with insight into a real working environment. Placements last between 2 and 8 weeks however, employers have the opportunity to continue supporting the young person by extending the placement or offering them an apprenticeship or a job.

RAI Technical Ltd, an employment agency based in West Bridgford, offered two Work Experience placements through the Project 365: Get Notts WorkiNG campaign. When asked why they wanted to get involved, spokesman Bob Rai said: "We are a small business but feel we can do our bit to address the current economic crisis by helping the young unemployed get their first step on the career ladder. There are a lot of people out there that just need an initial break so that they can demonstrate their value in the work environment...as a local business we wanted to do our part to try and help."

Both candidates who attended the placements at RAI Technical Ltd went into permanent employment.

David Kirkham, of the Nottinghamshire: City & County Employment and Skills Board, a partner in the campaign, said: "I am delighted with the success of the Get Notts WorkiNG Work Experience campaign, which has been running since July 2012, with the support of the Nottingham Post and the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce.

"It is great to know that the young people taking up these placements are being given a real chance to demonstrate their skills and abilities, showing themselves to be real assets to employers. I would urge employers to continue to support this campaign, and the development of young people across Nottinghamshire."

Are you an employer who is in the position to offer a young person the opportunity to increase their employability? There is absolutely no cost to your business/organisation and it could not be easier to sign up. To pledge your support, or to find out more visit www.project365.org.uk or contact Natalie at the Nottinghamshire: City & County Employment and Skills Board on 0115 934 9558 or at ntleedlencs.r.kaai.uel@cebogu.