Belfast Telegraph

Youngsters get helping hand at business event

By Dave Whelan

EMPLOYERS in Bangor have joined together to help guide young people into the world of work.

Fourteen employers and training organisations met with the youth of Bangor to explain their business, what they need from staff and what training possibilities they offer.

The event was organised by the Business in the Community in partnership with Whitehall Community Association and the police service and included major business brands such as ASDA, Denroy, H & J Martin, Omnisoft and others.

The event was also supported by Libraries NI, The Prince's Trust, Rutledge, SERC and Volunteer Now.

Hosted at Skipperstone Community Centre, those who attended were able to talk to employers in an informal setting and find out what they sought from new staff and helped to prepare for future interviews and jobs.

Claire Gordon from Business in the Community said: "We decided to put this event together following a visit we organised earlier this year when local business people worked with us to look at youth unemployment in the area.

"This initial stage was supported by Police Service for Northern Ireland and the young people at that time told us they felt they had no opportunities to talk to employers 'under the one roof' in an informal setting to find out about job opportunities and the realities of work in different sectors. We were delighted that the businesses wanted to take action to addressed this issue.

"Today's event enabled these young people to gather lots of information on different employers and their expectations when recruiting.

"It was a first for the area and highlights just how much business is interested in supporting the future workforce and demonstrating their corporate responsibility by doing, not just talking about doing."

Sharon Hunt, Community worker at Whitehill Community Forum added: "The young people got so much out of the day. It really helped develop their confidence by being able to talk to employers and increase their knowledge of the job opportunities and training support available.

"I would like to thank the Police Service of Northern Ireland who sponsored and participated in the event.

"It's been a real win-win for communities and businesses."

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