Well-known research cites that young people with 4 or more encounters with employers are 86% less likely to become NEET (not in education, employment or training), and could go on to earn around 16% more than those who do not have such experiences.
Five schools in Blackpool recently took part in VIY's programme, which included an employer-led virtual workshop followed by a VIY project day supported by some of our local branches, Blackpool North and Blackpool South.
Gordon MacKenzie, Regional Director for Travis Perkins North West, has shown fantastic support for these valuable VIY project days: “We are delighted that TP have been able to support the schools and all the young people involved, hopefully to develop their skills and encourage an interest in trades. Our staff thoroughly enjoyed supporting the teams and we look forward to supporting them further in the future.”
Matt Hulls, Assistant Branch Manager for Blackpool South (pictured above), was one of the volunteers providing an employer encounter on two of the projects, including Park Community Academy's project day: "I really enjoyed getting involved and glad we could help! It's great to hear the children enjoyed the sessions and have taken some good knowledge away with them.”
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