A win-win situation for local business and young people

Press Release: 02/10/2013

Air Improve van and staff

In the current economic climate businesses may be hesitant about taking on new staff. But the City Council and its partners can help businesses find and nurture local talent whilst keeping their risks to a minimum.

Cllr Robert Humby, Deputy Leader of Winchester City Council, said:

Winchester City Council has commissioned Radian Housing Association, in partnership with The Business Collective, to encourage employers to offer a range of work-placement opportunities for local jobseekers, from two-week taster placements to one-year apprenticeships.

Businesses from across the Winchester District are now offering a wide range of work-placement opportunities for local jobseekers. With the help and support from the Business Collective and Job Centre Plus, businesses can select the person who seems right for them – and then see how they develop, with no long-term commitment unless they wish to offer it.

We had agreed that Kieran would have a trial period, minimising the risk to us, before he formally started his apprenticeship but after a short period I told him that he could start his apprenticeship without further delay,” said Martin Rogers of Air Improve in Winchester, describing his latest recruit.

We had been thinking about taking on an apprentice but were unsure how to go about it. We found it really helpful to talk through the options. We appointed Kieran Odey, a very ambitious young employee who is keen to progress within our company. Kieran’s training is free and Air Improve is eligible for a £1,500 grant from the National Apprenticeship Service.”

Kieran, 17, said:

It was a great relief to get back into a full-time position after being made redundant at such a young age. I am very grateful to the Business Collective and Martin Rogers for giving me this chance and know that I will really enjoy my apprenticeship at Air Improve.

For those looking for work, local employers are now offering a range of opportunities which will give that all-important experience – and some new skills into the bargain. There’s an apprenticeship as a Building Design Engineer at Micheldever Station. Other placements include work experience with a chocolate manufacturer in Old Alresford, a work trial as an administrator in Winchester as well as many retail and hospitality sector opportunities.

“If you are able to offer a young person an employment opportunity, or would like to talk through possible options, we would love to hear from you,” said Joanna Humphrey, who can be contacted by email at joanna@thebusinesscollective.co.uk