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Town Hall calls for traders to provide after-school jobs

Bid to boost youth employment in the borough with work placements

16 April, 2017 — By Koos Couvée

Town Hall economic development chief Asima Shaikh

TOWN Hall chiefs are calling on traders to help boost youth employment in the borough by offering young people weekend work and after-school jobs.

The appeal comes as nine teenagers are set to start work as part of Islington Council’s Saturday Jobs scheme, in which young people can acquire valuable experience of a real job with employers including Travis Perkins and Montcalm Hotels.

The paid placements last for 12 weeks and are part of a push to work with schools and businesses to provide more job opportunities for young people.

Studies suggest that working a manageable number of hours during the school year or summer break can lead to young people finding more suitable employment, better career networks and higher incomes later in life, the Town Hall said.

In turn, by offering weekend placements businesses can better enable staff to learn management skills, boost their company’s profile in the community and help combat what is often perceived as a shortage of employability skills among school leavers.

Councillor Asima Shaikh, the council’s economic development chief, said: “We owe it to our young people to give them the help they need to get the careers they deserve and helping to provide weekend work is a pivotal part of these efforts.”

Employers can find out more by emailing YouthEmploymentTeam@islington.gov.uk

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