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Calls for More Work Experience Opportunities in Selby

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3:30pm 5th March 2013

Selby College is teaming up with the Town Council in a bid to encourage more employers to provide work experience opportunities for young people in the area.

The initiative will see a number of students take on the challenges faced by Selby Town Council through a series of two week work placements starting this month with Jacob Roddie a year two Extended Diploma in Business student at Selby College, who will shadow the organisation’s Arts and Cultural Officer. 

Leader of the Town Council Cllr Steve Shaw-Wright said “Jacob will mainly be working with Chris Jones, offering support to him in his work with planning the programme of events at the Town Hall, liaising with touring companies and agents. He will also be involved in the general administration of the office which will cover a wide range of the council’s work from burials and allotments to room hire.”

He added, “Having taken part in this type of scheme before I know of the benefits to the Council, college and the student - it’s a win, win, win situation and I would encourage other employers in the district to offer Selby College students this type of opportunity.”

Selby College Principal Allan Stewart, OBE, said “We’re very pleased to be working alongside Selby Town Council to provide young people with hands-on experience of real-life work environments. In the midst of an economic downturn, when staffing is at a minimum, employers often think they simply do not have the time or resources to help a student gain their first insight into the world of work. However, young people have much to offer, their enthusiasm and ability to think outside the box can be a real asset in the current climate and it’s vital we prepare them for future employment.”

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