Landlord involved in country's 'largest careers event'
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A Midlands-based housing association has linked up with 34 businesses, charities and other agencies to run what it claims was "the largest employment event of its kind in the country".
Coventry-based Whitefriars Housing, which manages around 18,000 homes, joined forces with the businesses, Coventry Partnership and the local strategic partnership, to run ‘Your Future, Your Choice’ which saw more than 1,200 teenagers given a chance to raise their career aspirations.
The event saw the employers come together to run career workshops and give students advice on training and employment opportunities available to school leavers.
It comes following the release of this year’s third quarter NEET statistics, published by the Department for Education, which revealed that more than 200,000 16 to 18-year-olds in England are not in employment, education or training.
The event was facilitated by business-led charity Business in the Community (BITC), in collaboration with Wates Construction and the Coventry Partnership. Whitefriars, which has long-standing commitments with local schools to improve pupils’ outlooks, is a member of both BITC and the Coventry Partnership.
The day provided a forum for the pupils to find out about a wide range of work experience opportunities, apprenticeships and qualifications, whilst being given advice and guidance on different routes into full-time employment.
Karen McDowell, head of customer excellence at Whitefriars, which is part of WM Housing Group, said: “As the largest landlord in Coventry we have an enormous stake in the city and we take care to plough resources into the future employability of the city’s youngsters. Now more than ever times are bleak for youth employment and we are committed to improving the fortunes of Coventry’s residents.”