Thu 22nd Jun 2017
Employers urged to ‘wise up’ to student potential
Belfast employers are being urged to support the city’s students to reach their potential in a new initiative BeWise (Belfast Work Insights for Skills and Employment).
Belfast City Council representatives were joined by partners GLL, Belfast Waterfront, the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry and students from local schools at the City Hall launch this morning.
Cllr Mairéad O’Donnell, Chair of Belfast City Council’s City Growth and Regeneration Committee said:
“We’ve made a commitment in the Belfast Agenda that every young person leaving school has a destination that fulfils their potential. ‘BeWise’ is helping us to take positive steps towards achieving that objective by inspiring young people and helping them to develop the skills they need to secure employment.
“Belfast City Council provides around 180 work experience opportunities each year – and we’re encouraging other employers to follow suit. We want employers to outline how they can support schools and centres of learning through work experience opportunities, speaking with students and young people in education and site familiarisation visits by signing up at www.belfastcity.gov.uk/bewise We’re also welcoming requests for support from learning centres and we’ll match requests with support offered by employers.
“Our BeWise initiative will not only offer employers access to a wider range of suitable work experience candidates, it will also provide a valuable platform for businesses to promote their sector as an attractive future employment option, so that students will tailor their studies accordingly.”
BeWise will help to promote work experience opportunities for young people through partnership with the Department for the Economy’s ‘Connect to Success’ programme. All businesses which take part in the BeWise initiative will be recognised at a City Hall celebration event at the close of the 2017/18 academic year.
For more information, and to sign up to the initiative, go to www.belfastcity.gov.uk/bewise