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Vibrant event helps young people have lightbulb moments

08 December 2016

Vibrant event helps young people have lightbulb moments

More than 1,100 young people from across Haringey visited the recent Haringey Routes to Work Careers Fair that took place on 16 November. The event, aimed at helping young people understand the different ways to get a job and gain real employment experiences, was run by Prospects, the employment, education, training and care company, on behalf of Haringey Council.

Encouraging young people to think about employment and post school options can be a real uphill struggle. For many the idea of leaving their comfort zone and making their way in the world is challenging, because they do not have any experience of life outside of school or home. The Routes to Work Careers Fair gave young visitors a chance to meet and talk to employers, college recruiters and training providers in a safe space.

Over 60 organisations were at the event. Young people could meet people from Middlesex & Birkbeck universities, employers Affinity Solutions, Bouygues, Willmott Dixon, Siemens, Yo! Sushi, the Army and NHS. Specialist training providers JTL Training and Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and heard about volunteering opportunities with the Princes Trust and National Citizen Service. Other professionals willing and able to offer help to young people included the Jobcentre Plus, Haringey Council and Prospects, who were on hand to provide help and careers advice.

The final school year students came from schools across the borough and found the information about apprenticeships and talking to the different organisations very helpful. “It was Gr8!” comments one student at the end of the evening, his friend reiterates this, saying: “Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to see what offers are available to me.”

The organisations involved also benefitted hugely from meeting their future workforce face to face. The North Middlesex Hospital NHS Trust comments about their experience: “It was great to meet so many young people who were interested in finding out more about the different careers in the NHS and Apprenticeship opportunities at North Middlesex Hospital Trust.”

Katie Mawhinney from Prospects was delighted with the success of the event. She comments: “It is always great to bring young people together with their futures. When they arrived many of the visitors were clearly unsure about their next steps but throughout the evening we witnessed lightbulb moments as they found out about the different options available to them when they leave year 11.”

Cllr Goldberg of Haringey Council says: “Routes into Work plays a vital role helping young people understand the breadth and range of opportunities available to them when they leave school. It is both refreshing and rewarding to see so many of them here tonight confidently learning about their options and how we at the Council can support them as they choose the right route for them.”

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Notes to Editor

About Prospects
The Prospects Group provides tailored education, employment, training and care products and services for people at all stages of life. Each year Prospects inspires more than 500,000 people to develop their potential and transform their lives. More than 1,400 professional and skilled colleagues provide practical support to the local communities they are based in across the UK and internationally. Prospects is one of the largest employee owned companies in the UK. It is also a Leader in Diversity and ranked in the top 100 index by the National Centre for Diversity.

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Alona de Havilland
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07790 803882 or 01823 362804

Jayne Runacres
Senior Communications Manager
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