Today (15 July) marks World Youth Skills Day which highlights the importance of providing young people with skills that will help them to achieve personal success, as well as the benefit this brings to the wider community.

As part of our ongoing commitment to delivering social impact in our neighbourhoods, Places Impact has been working hard to help young people into employment through training, apprenticeships and creating job opportunities.  

In 2018/19 our Major Works Social Value Group, which brings together our Major Works suppliers and other stakeholders:

  • supported 13 unemployed people back into work
  • offered 6 new apprenticeships, and
  • delivered 187 training and mentoring opportunities.

As part of the Working Group, our Planned Works East and West teams recently welcomed two new apprentices, Matt Winston and Jordan Claxton.

The 18 year olds initially volunteered with the teams earlier this year which gave them valuable insight into the industry and helped them to decide their future career path.

After completing their work experience, both Matt and Jordan were successful in applying for a three year apprenticeship, working alongside our professional tradespeople to develop their skills.

We wish them every success.