School boosts job searches

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News - By KIRSTEN BEACOCK

JOB­SEEK­ERS were given a mas­sive boost at an en­ter­prise and per­sonal devel­op­ment event at a Nether­ton school.

Jack Hunt School hosted the day where scores of par­ents and car­ers in the school’s “clus­ter”, which in­cludes eight feeder pri­maries and a fam­ily cen­tre based at West­wood and Raven­sthorpe, turned up.

The day was the brain­child of ex­tended schools clus­ter man­ager, Mau­reen Stringer, who iden­ti­fied that fam­i­lies, and par­ents in par­tic­u­lar were concerned about their fu­ture ca­reer.

She said: “They seemed wor­ried about job se­cu­rity, ei­ther get­ting one or los­ing one, or mak­ing the move to change their job.

“A large pro­por­tion also wanted to run their own busi­ness but some ad­mit­ted be­ing ner­vous and lack­ing con­fi­dence so at that point I be­gan to plan an em­ploy­a­bil­ity event.”

Mau­reen joined forces with Iso­bel Bar­rett, an en­ter­prise coach em­ployed by NWES and do­ing some work for Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil, and formed a small com­mit­tee look­ing at per­sonal devel­op­ment and or­gan­is­ing the event.

Mau­reen added: “We pre­vi­ously had a suc­cess­ful evening sign­post­ing the Open Uni­ver­sity as an op­tion as lots of peo­ple do not know what they of­fer. They re­turned and were joined by more than 20 other stalls.

“We had a good mix­ture of em­ploy­ment sup­port agen­cies, en­trepre- neurs who could talk about their ex­pe­ri­ence and give spe­cial­ist ad­vice on run­ning a busi­ness, child­care sup­port op­tions and travel to work and train­ing op­tions.

“It was a re­ally fan­tas­tic event and we even had some com­pa­nies turn­ing up ask­ing to be let in.”

The roll-call in­cluded the Open Uni­ver­sity, Chic Beauty, Peter­bor­ough Col­lege of Adult ed­u­ca­tion, dis­plays by a flower ar­rang­ing class, CP Learn­ing Trust and Peter­bor­ough Coun­cil for Vol­un­tary Ser­vice.

Peter­bor­ough Li­brary Ser­vices, Cross Keys, Peter­bor­ough Re­gional Col­lege, Fam­ily Care, Peter­bor­ough Women’s En­ter­prise Cen­tre, po­lice, the Greeniveristy, Jobcen­tre Plus were also there along­side firms like Spring For­ward, Julie Earl Cards, Reed in Part­ner­ship, the Young Car­ers’ Project and Kick Start.

Pic­ture: ben davis.

En­tEr­PriS­inG: Rob­bie Gal­lagher from PECT’s Greeniver­sity ex­plains the scheme to Char­ron Pugs­ley-Hill and Matthew Hill. (METP-19-05-10BD300)

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