Youngsters take first step to career

Jordan Gray, Abi Newman and CJ Smith
Jordan Gray, Abi Newman and CJ Smith

Young people from Daventry were given the chance to take their first step onto the career ladder with help from a local housing association.

Members of Daventry & District Housing’s (DDH) Youth Board were invited to attend an evening of workshops on Wednesday, November 6, as part of Youth Work Week – a national, annual event which highlights the contribution of youth work in the development of young people.

This year the theme of Youth Work Week was ‘Building Skills for Employability’. DDH arranged a variety of activities for its Youth Board members, who are all aged between 12 and 17, as a way of getting them to start thinking about their future career options and what is needed to reach their goals.

Service Six, which provides a range of services for young people within Northamptonshire and the surrounding areas, were invited to run workshops for the young people, aimed at giving them practice for interviews and teaching them how to sell themselves with their CVs.

Each member was given a certificate at the end of the session to mark what they had learned.

CJ Smith, a member of the Youth Board said: “The session was a fantastic way to learn skills that I can put into use when it comes to finding a job.

“It was a really fun event and I think I gained a lot from it. I will feel more confident now when it comes to job applications and interviews. It is something that we will all have to do as we get older and the session gave me some really useful tips.”

The DDH youth Board was formed in 2011 and currently has eleven members aged between 12 and 17. One of its main objectives is to give those involved additional qualifications and experience that will benefit them when applying for jobs in the future.

Following the positive feedback from the Youth Board, DDH are looking into the possibility of holding an annual Youth Work Week event.

Katie Jones, Youth Development Officer at DDH, said: “We were really eager to get involved in Youth Work Week and the training course proved very successful in engaging young people to think about their future.

“This year’s theme of Building Skills for Employability is especially timely for the group and we are delighted they had the opportunity to take part in this valuable training.”