Stevenage youngsters call for more work experience

08 Oct 2015

Young people in Stevenage would like more opportunities to take part in work experience placements, the findings of the Stevenage Youth Council WE4YOU work experience campaign have revealed.

At Stevenage Borough Council’s full Council meeting on Wednesday 7 October, members of the Youth Council presented the findings of the year-long campaign aimed at improving the amount, the quality, and the variety of work experience placements available to young people.

The Youth Council consulted with young people across the town. Of the 620 responses, 59% who have not had any previous work experience said they would like to take part in future placements, while 79% said they would like to receive more information before undertaking work experience to help them plan and prepare.

Local businesses that took part in the survey acknowledged that barriers to offering work experience included a lack of staff to supervise placements, suitability of work available, and health and safety concerns. More than half (53%) of the businesses approached were not advertising placements.

The Youth Council plan to use their findings to create a Hints and Tips booklet that will assist employers offering work experience placements.

Councillor Richard Henry, Executive Member for Children, Young People and Leisure, said: “I, along with all the other councillors, was extremely impressed with the presentation by the Youth Council and am pleased the council unanimously supported the WE4YOU work experience campaign. Stevenage Borough Council has already listened to the campaign and offered 10 work experience places to Marriotts School students in June. Credit must go to those young people who took part in the campaign as they have helped shape future work experience placements in Stevenage.”

You can be part of Stevenage Youth Council if you live or go to school in Stevenage and are aged between 11 and 19 years (up to 25 if you have a learning difficulty or disability). The Youth Council meets every Wednesday from 4.30pm to 6.30pm at the Council offices Daneshill House or at Bowes Lyon House.

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