Following the well-received Open Doors 2015 programme, this year will see a new Open Doors initiative inviting Northamptonshire employers to take part and forge stronger links with local secondary schools to capitalise on young people’s talents available right on their doorstep.
Between Monday 20th June and Wednesday 13th July 2016, Northamptonshire companies will be invited to “Open their Doors” to groups of students, offer tours of their workplace and talk to them about their industry, the types of jobs available and the different pathways into the sector for young people.
Open Doors 2016 is a genuine opportunity for local businesses to help inspire and motivate young people to explore their career options and is intended to help shape and strengthen Northamptonshire’s future workforce.
Kerry Senatore, education business manager, NEP, said: “The Open Doors programme is an opportunity to offer students the chance of meeting inspiring members of a local workforce.
“We need Northamptonshire employers from a wide range of industry sectors to give our young people a first-hand understanding of the day to day life of people in key roles in different types of businesses as well as the key attributes, skills and qualifications required.”
Last year, Barclays, GE Precision Engineering, Galliford Try, Knights of Old, Opus Energy, The Rolton Group, Scania TruckEast and XPO Logistics were amongst the many participating Northamptonshire-based companies.
Annamarie Petsis Jones, human resources director at Northampton-based Opus Energy, said: “The reasons for taking part in Open Doors are two-fold. Professionally-speaking, it is vital to invest in young people right from the start, at a time when students are perhaps just beginning to consider their career options.
“As a growing company, Opus Energy needs to ensure that an appropriately skilled workforce will be available ongoing to fulfil the ever-changing requirements of the business.”
Alison Scholey, head of life skills at Moulton School and Science College, added: “Our students have really benefitted from being able to have first-hand experience of the workplace, meeting employers and employees and seeing them in action; it helped to make the world of work relevant to them.
“We visited Opus Energy and the students were involved in a two-hour session of team building, learning about the company and touring the premises. Their feedback at the end of the session was really positive.”