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Thousands of youngsters set to benefit from award-winning skills building initiative

Construction company Esh Group is putting its building expertise to positive use by laying the foundations for a brighter future for thousands of youngsters across Yorkshire. 

The leading construction company is launching the Building My Skills 2016-17 programme which will see over 25 businesses, over 50 business volunteers, 20 local schools and in excess of 2400 students involved.  

The initiative which has been running since 2012 and won a national Business in the Community award, delivers a structured employability skills programme. Entitled Building My Skills, it brings together some of the region’s leading businesses from different sectors to work with Year 10 students in 20 schools from a number of local authority areas, over the course of an entire academic year. 

The launch coincides with the publication of a report last month with highlighted that third of young people aged 16 to 21 in the UK are not confident about finding a job in the next few years. The report published by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and EY Foundation, revealed 56 per cent say they lack the required work experience to land them the job they want. 

The Building My Skills mechanic is simple and effective. Esh Group’s corporate partners, companies in its supply chain, and like-minded businesses run a series of workshops designed to improve the skills of students, allowing them to gain unrestricted access to insight from experienced business professionals.

The programme has no cost to schools, clients or local authorities and promotes a range of job roles in different sectors. It also helps students complete an employability portfolio, a series of essential documents required to access the workplace, and provides mock interview experience.  

In July of this year, over 1,000 young people from across the North underwent mock interviews with a range of well-known firms in an event aimed at improving the job prospects of school leavers. Esh Group provides support for young people through a variety of schemes. In the last academic year over 9,000 students at schools across the North benefitted from the “Building My Skills” programme.  

Celeste Armitage, added value coordinator at Esh Group, said:  “We’re very proud of the Building My Skills initiative and this academic year we want it to be bigger and better than ever. We have businesses involved from so many diverse sectors ranging from digital and law to engineering and retail so the scope for inspiration is very broad.  

“This initiative provides much needed training in workplace skills to thousands of young people. Without the support of other businesses, projects such as this simply wouldn’t get off the ground and I would urge other businesses to look at ways in which they can help inspire future generations and their own potential workforce of the future.

” It’s also important to remember the benefits are not purely for the students as the experience is very rewarding for all the businesses and volunteers  involved.” 

Mock interviews taking place with an Esh team member

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