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Businesses urged to offer work experience to young people

Picture caption: Cllr Rebecca Massey, portfolio holder for economic development on Malvern Hills District Council with Matt Tope, programme manager for Connecting Schools and Business

Businesses in the Malvern Hills area are being urged to offer work experience to high school pupils to help them make the right choices for their future career.

A campaign is underway to create 1,000 work experience placements across the county and the Worcestershire Skills Central website has been created to make it easy for companies to advertise and fill work experience opportunities within their business.

The move is in response to concerns from business leaders about a lack of suitable skills amongst the next generation of workers, which could hamper the future growth of the county's economy, which is currently one of the fastest growing in the UK.

Worcestershire County Council and the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership are leading the campaign which is being backed by Malvern Hills District Council.

The council's Economic Development team has already created an extra placement and more placements are expected to be created within other departments in the future.

Simon Geraghty, Worcestershire County Council's Cabinet Member for Economy, Skills and Infrastructure said: "It's more important than ever to ensure young people understand what job roles will be available to them in the future, so they make the right choices whilst still in school. Work experience plays a vital role in this and so I would urge Malvern Hills businesses to open their doors to young people over the next twelve months to enable them to get valuable work experience."

Cllr Rebecca Massey, portfolio holder for economic development at Malvern Hills District Council, said: "With increasing pressure on schools it's difficult for them to find time to reach out to local businesses for help. These placements not only make a real difference to young people's career prospects, but also provide employers the chance to identify talented youngsters who may enter their own apprenticeship or graduate programmes in the near future. It's all about investing in our future workforce to support local business growth."

Businesses can register their placement opportunities by visiting www.worcestershireskillscentral.co.uk or contact the Malvern Hills Economic Development Team by emailing ecodev@malvernhills.gov.uk or call 01684 862151.