Connexions provide path to employment

Speedmatching at Connexions:MK
Speedmatching at Connexions:MK

YOUNG people across Milton Keynes borough have been given a helping hand to help find their future career.

Connexions:MK has been supporting youngsters this month by giving them the chance to meet prospective employers, find out about training courses and giving them skills for future employment.

This comes at a time when young people are faced with a particularly difficult economic climate which nationally has seen youth unemployment rise to unprecedented levels.

Activities have included:

> A ‘Speed Matching’ event where a series of three minute interviews linked employers and training providers with young people looking for jobs. Every young person, employer and training provider that took part made initial matches to take the recruitment process further

> The Connexions:MK Training Fair gave young people inspiration and ideas for their career path as they were able to talk to training providers about local opportunities in a wide range of work areas.

> ‘Reaching Out’, a seven week programme for 16-18 year old young people not in employment, education or training (NEET) began last week. The programme is designed to help unemployed young people develop their personal and social skills to help prepare them for getting back into education, starting work or training with skills that include employability skills, communication and confidence building and healthy living.

Will Spurgeon, assistant director for Integrated Support and Social Care at Milton Keynes Council, said: “Connexions:MK is undertaking important work to improve young people’s chances of finding employment in today’s tough climate.

“The activities provide an ideal opportunity for young people to find out what’s available, talk to people who can help, and develop skills that will help them to get into employment and in their future career.”

Connexions:MK is the council’s advice and support service for young people aged 13-19 years (up to 25 years for young people with learning difficulties or disabilities).

It offers professional and confidential advice on a range of subjects from careers and education choices to drug and alcohol issues, relationships and finding a job.

For information about free Connexions:MK services for young people please contact the Connexions:MK centre on 01908 398300, email connexionsmk@prospects.co.uk or visit the Virtual Connexions Centre at www.mysaymk.com