Here at the Rio Ferdinand Foundation we are getting a group of our young people #WorkReady with the BT Work Ready placement scheme. The aim of the scheme is to get young people between the age of 16-24 who are not in employment or education equipped with skills for the work place. During the course our participants will be receiving top tips from experts at BT on how to master your CV, decode job descriptions as well as prepare for interviews and assessment centres. The course will include opportunities to receive feedback on interview techniques alongside the chance to network your CV and personal skills amongst professionals in the industry. Our group of young people during their placement will be based at the BT Manchester head office.
To kick off our young people’s first day, we were welcomed by Dal who will be leading the group sessions on employability and work place skills. We were given our a tour of BT Manchester and their facilities to familiarise our young people with the office they will be based at for their training over the duration of the course.
Throughout the course, our young people will be learning what skills, behaviour and tech know how they need to secure themselves an occupation in the current job climate.
In a digital world, where most of our young people have been brought up around the use of technology and social media, the course will address how we can use digital marketing and social media for business in order to make ourselves more employable to businesses.
To prepare our young people for their work placement, we looked at the importance of equality and inclusion in a professional place of work, alongside health and safety hazards and protocols. Following on, we discussed what is expected of our young people whilst on a BT work experience placement. The response from our teams included, PUNCTUALITY, RESPECT, PRESENTATION, ENTHUSIASM and COMMUNICATION.
BT will be offering the young people a work experience placement in engineering or business admin. The young people are able to select which area they would like to gain experience in. This allows our young people to experience first hand from leading professionals working at BT about their profession and the skills learnt through the role. By providing these opportunities our young people have a richer CV and the confidence to apply to these various roles within the company or further a field.
Missed out this time to get on the #WorkReady scheme? We will be running more sessions in January 2019 to get our next group of young people prepared for work.
To find out more about the BT Work Ready Placement go to – https://www.btplc.com/Careercentre/earlycareers/workready/index.htm