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St Helens Chamber ‘Work Ready – Chamber Approved’ Kath Boullen Chief Executive

St Helens Chamber ‘Work Ready – Chamber Approved’ Kath Boullen Chief Executive

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St Helens Chamber ‘Work Ready – Chamber Approved’ Kath Boullen Chief Executive

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  1. St Helens Chamber‘Work Ready – Chamber Approved’Kath BoullenChief Executive

  2. Why did we get involved • Chamber of Commerce with 1,100 Members • SFA and EFA contracts • 400 Apprentices • Business Feedback - Survey of 100 - Continuous Feedback • St Helens Council support

  3. What were businesses saying • Young people not prepared for interview/work- don’t turn up - no research on company - poor presentation/interview skills - poor understanding of what employers expect - they wanted us as their Chamber to sort this out!

  4. ‘Work Ready – Chamber Approved’ • A ‘stamp of approval’ only given when we feel they are interviewable/employable • Open Day; Interview; assessment • 3 week commitment (minimum) - Unpaid - Full-time 9–5, 5 days per week - Dress and behave for work

  5. Content • Classroom based • Focus on interview and employability • Level 1 in Employability (ASDAN) • Health & Safety at Work - Level 1 (Ascentis) • Personal Finance - Level 1 (Ascentis) • Work Experience

  6. Follow-Up • Job Matching • ‘Meet the Apprentice’/’Meet the Employer’ • Continued support for as long as it takes • Work Experience Placements • Functional Skills sessions

  7. Results September – January 99 young people • 44 into an Apprenticeship • 13 into a job • 5 into FE/Training • 9 dropped out • 28 ‘Work Ready – Chamber Approved’ and still working with us

  8. Lessons Learned • Businesses create Apprenticeships if we have ‘Work Ready’ young people • Young people are committed and keen • They respect and enjoy a real business environment • They are choosey ! • Essential to have good staff to guide them • Highly praised by Ofsted • Young people go on word of mouth

  9. “Just thought I would email you and tell you how much I’m enjoying my job. I love it and loved it even more on Thursday when I got paid. Thank you for all the help you gave me and I will come back and see you soon” Connor, February 2013