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Burnley businesses called upon to support school and college leavers

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Wednesday, 21 July, 2021

It’s been a difficult past 15 months for the young people of Burnley, particularly those who are approaching the end of their time at school and college and have had to adapt to no formal exams and reduced social contact.

This is one of the reasons why the businesses across the borough of Burnley have been called upon to support school and college leavers with the next step of their journey.

Lancashire Careers Hub, which has worked with Burnley Council and many Burnley Bondholders for some time now, has reiterated the importance of the borough and Lancashire having a pipeline of young talent for future prosperity and growth.

It’s encouraging local companies to recruit a school or college leaver, or support their work in other ways by signing up to the Lancashire Skills Pledge which recognises and enables companies to get involved in inspiring and developing Lancashire's people. For example, giving an hour of time face to face or virtually to support inspirational careers programmes, becoming an enterprise adviser to support the development of programmes, or taking on an apprentice or being an apprenticeship ambassador.

Councillor Asif Raja, the council’s executive member for economy and growth, said: “This is about bringing together young people, the workforce of the future, and local employers with potential gaps to fill in their workforce, and forging closer links so that together they can help build a stronger local economy.

“As we come out of Covid and look to the future it’s vital that we tap into this source of young workers and help them realise their full potential.”

Samantha Smallridge, the council’s employment and skills co-ordinator, said “We have been working with Lancashire Careers Hub for some years and I’m pleased this relationship has strengthened even further, particularly with the launch of Thrive Burnley.

“Both Thrive and Lancashire Careers Hub are passionate about raising the ambitions, confidence, skills and achievements of young people in our borough and I would encourage businesses and school and college leavers to get in touch with Thrive to find out more about what it does and how Thrive could help them.”

Those aged 16-24 can access more information and the services of Thrive by calling 01282 686402 or emailing contact@thrive-together.org

Thrive, is based at the offices of the Calico Group in Croft Street and will give 16-24-year-olds access to specialist youth employability coaches, who can help them learn and develop new skills to help them into work. They will also support their health and wellbeing needs to build resilience.

Thrive has been established as part of Burnley Together, a community partnership involving public, private and voluntary groups to provide local residents with a wide range of services.

Lancashire Careers Hub is calling for the county’s employers to consider their recruitment needs in advance of this influx of new talent into the world of work and act now to create and promote their apprenticeships, traineeships and other vacancies.

It’s asking businesses to publicise their vacancies on social media using the hashtags #inspiringlancashire and #upskillinglancashire. Employers can also commit to engaging with young people and supporting their education by signing up to the Lancashire Skills Pledge at https://www.lancashireskillshub.co.uk/lancashire-skills-pledge/

Rachel Bayley, Burnley Place Brand manager, said: “Burnley Bondholders are passionate about our borough’s young people and already invest a lot of time and resource into this part of the current and future workforce.

“I’d encourage any of our businesses who feel they can offer further support to find out more about Lancashire Careers Hub and the newly-launched Thrive Burnley. In turn, they could find ideal candidates to fill any vacancies they have.”

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