Council pilots new scheme to help youngsters build skills

​Date: 04/03/2015

We are piloting a new scheme in secondary schools across the district to help young people develop their entrepreneurial skills.

The project, run in partnership with Inspiring Skills and the Leeds City Region, will fund 16 enterprise advisors in six secondary schools in Wakefield.

Advisors will work with students providing support and guidance to help build their business skills through a range of activities. This will include one to one career discussions, mock interviews, world of work days, inspirational talks, lessons and workshops, mentoring, virtual seminars and industry insights. They will also work alongside local businesses to help young people find employment and placement opportunities.

Schools participating in the programme will include Kettlethorpe High School, St Thomas Beckett High School, Featherstone Academy, Freeston Academy, Cathedral Academy and St Wilfrid's high school.

Cllr Olivia Rowley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said: "We are committed to supporting and nurturing young people to help them develop skills for their future.

"This new project will mean our students will have access to advisors who will be able to guide them and build their confidence for the world of work."