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New Measures to Boost Apprenticeships and Work Experience in Ryedale

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12:22pm 7th July 2014

Young people in Ryedale look set to benefit from the efforts of Ryedale District Council to boost employment opportunities.

Working in partnership with North Yorkshire Business Enterprise Partnership (NYBEP) over the next two years, Ryedale District Council will be supporting young people to explore careers relevant to the local Ryedale economy, develop key employability skills as well as helping local employers to get involved in the development of their future workforce.

Projects include:

  • Building on existing networks and activities in the area including employer-school links and key events such as Opportunity Knocks.
  • Responding to known school needs in relation to employability and careers provision.
  • Improving the promotion and understanding of apprenticeship opportunities.

“To improve Employer Brokerage & Co-ordination we are building a local database of employers listing those businesses willing to engage with schools  who will request employer links via NYBEP for a wide range of needs such as work experience placements, apprenticeship opportunities, visits to business and presentations at the schools, “ said Cllr Linda Cowling, Leader of Ryedale District Council

And businesses taking part in the partnership say it is working well.

“We are really pleased to be part of the Ryedale Employability Partnership as we’re keen to support our local community and develop our work with local partners, “ said Mollie Dodd,  General Manager  for Nunnington Hall and Rievaulx Terrace."

“The children taking part in the mock interviews seemed really engaged and hopefully benefited from the experience and practice of an interview scenario. We all enjoyed meeting the various students and benefited from seeing how one of our local schools operates in more detail and making contacts for the future. We look forward to being involved in more events and working as an active partner in the Ryedale community.”

Last month all four secondarty schools in Ryedale came to Ryedale District Council’s headquarters to take part in a Careers Practitioner Professional Development day.

“Those attending from all four Ryedale Schools engaged in professional development around the importance of partnership working and making employability a whole school issue, “ added Louise Lunn, Business Liaison Manager, for Ryedale District Council."

“The day was very well received by the schools.”

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