Success for Aspiring Job Seekers with Selby Job Fair
Posted: Fri, 14 Oct 2016 14:37
The Selby North Yorkshire Sport and Dame Kelly Holmes Trust 'Get on Track' group spent the day at MP Nigel Adams' Selby Job Fair on 13th October. Over the course of the day the group were tasked to engage with a range of providers, finding out the skills they need from employees, if they offer apprenticeships or volunteering opportunities and what experience, training or qualifications might be needed to do the job.
12 young people have joined the programme which is the second to run in Selby. Get on Track programmes use world class athletes as mentors along with sport, physical activity and leisure to enhance the employability of young people who are not in education, training or employment or are at risk or vulnerable.
Nigel Adams asked if the fair had been useful: Will said "yes it's been really useful, I wouldn't have had the confidence to speak to employers before doing this programme". Chelsea, who was referred to the programme due to panic attacks and being unable to be around groups of people commented: "I've just been interviewed by Selby Times"! This would have been impossible for her 5 weeks ago.
This session at the Job Fair formed one element of the programme, which is to engage with opportunities and explore employment in more detail. The group will also plan and deliver a community challenge, complete training and workshops; including becoming a StreetGames Basketball Activator, completing an Emergency First Aid course and attending a workshop on looking after their Mental Health and Wellbeing.
The group left the day having lined up further meetings, interviews, collected information to read though and application forms to complete. Importantly they left feeling more confident, motivated, knowledgeable and more positive about their job prospects.
Six programmes have run in North Yorkshire since August 2014, with over 100 young people engaged to date. There are a further 3 programmes planned for 2017 which concentrate on developing the confidence, focus, motivation, determination and resilience of young people aged 16 – 25 years old.