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BPLW Scored Hat-trick Of Employer Visits

Last week Newcastle United Foundation’s Barclays Premier League Works Employability Programme explored the world of work through visits to Barclays Bank, IKEA and Metro Radio.

The 15 week Employability Programme, funded by Barclays Bank and the Premier League, aims to help people between the ages of 16 and 24 years of age back into work, education or training.

Based at St. James’ Park, Foundation staff work with people looking to make a positive change to the lives through regular attendance at workshops, work placements as well as using Barclays LifeSkills to improve their communication, confidence and belief in their ability to gain meaningful employment.

Last week the participants took part in a week of activities to boost their knowledge and skills around employment. The first visit saw the group visit Barclays Bank Regional Headquarters to meet with the Bank Management Team to discuss how to produce an outstanding CV. Barclays bosses provided expert advice on how to make a CV stand out from the crowd and how to impress potential employers. The group also discussed social media and how employers now use different platforms to vet potential new recruits.

Later in the week participants spent a day at IKEA, Gateshead where management staff provided an insight into the multinational organisation. IKEA staff, Kayleigh, Becca and Callum introduced the participants to the company values and the Management Team explained how Ikea recruit using Online Applications, Assessment Centres and One to Ones.

The group were then given a tour of the store to explore the different job roles available at IKEA, from HR to Warehouse, Marketing to Sales. The group will continue to work with IKEA to develop their interview skills through mock interviews.

The week ended with a trip to commercial radio station Metro Radio where The Steve & Karen Show Producer, Dan Black, welcomed the employability participants to the station with a guided tour and access to one of their radio studios.

He then went on to explain the different roles involved in developing a successful radio station, which is listened to by over half a million people in the region. The group had the opportunity to explore different roles from Radio Presenter to Charity Work and Events Planning within the organisation.

BPLW participant Callum Mordey said: “I found the visits beneficial as they provided a helpful insight into the workplace and the way a business is run.

“In particular, experiencing IKEA in the way we did in terms of learning about the business itself, the various job roles and the ethics of the company, has influenced me to expressing an interest in working for IKEA.”

Al Hill, Barclays Premier League Work Project Officer, added: “This week has helped show our participants that the world of work and the areas of opportunity out there are huge. With hard work, dedication and application our young people can be anything they want to be. There is such a vast range of jobs within our region just on our doorstep and it is important our participants recognise this. This week has shown that no matter which industry you want to work in, with support from the likes of Barclays Premier League Works they can achieve their goals if they put their mind to it.”

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