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