Rotherham students at the ready!

Published Wednesday, 23rd July 2014
Students from Wingfield Academy at one of the Parkgate stores
Students Amy Robertson, Che Elvin and Stephanie Breakwell, pictured with Billy Smith

A successful partnership between Parkgate Shopping, Rotherham Ready and Wingfield Academy is once again helping local young people to take their first steps onto the career ladder.

A group of Year 11 school leavers at the Academy on Wingfield Road near Kimberworth Park took their interest in retail one step further by taking part during the summer term in an application and interview process.

Organised through Parkgate Shopping and Rotherham Ready, the successful applicants were able to gain an enterprise retail placement on the shopping park over the summer, working with Boots, Marks and Spencer and Mothercare.

The scheme was successfully trialled last year as part of an ongoing Rotherham Ready programme to help schools and colleges across Rotherham to develop enterprise education.

Kate Penney, enterprise projects co-ordinator at Rotherham Ready, explained: "All the students who applied had thought hard about their suitability and qualifications for this valuable opportunity, and we were all impressed by the way this came out in the interviews. The successful candidates can now go on and gain valuable experience to help them in their future careers."

Billy Smith, Operations Manager at Parkgate Shopping, was equally positive: "We have worked alongside Wingfield and Rotherham Ready on several occasions now, and what pleases me is the outcomes of our collaboration.

"We all understand the value of good practical on the job experience, and when it is linked into the school’s own careers programme and supported by retailers who are keen to find young local talent, it becomes a real win-win project."

Building on the success of last year’s pilot scheme, this is the second year that Wingfield Academy has worked on this partnership.

Joanne Sorby, careers/work related co-ordinator at the Academy said: "The school is committed to providing experiences for students to increase their awareness of the world of work, and work in partnership with local businesses to promote employability skills.

"Working closely with Parkgate we can give them an ideal opportunity to gain work experience and prepare them for employment in the future."

The Deputy Leader of Rotherham Council , Cllr Paul Lakin said: "It is terrific to see this partnership working so well and going from strength to strength. We had some very impressive outcomes last time round and the scheme is looking even better this year. My congratulations to everybody involved."

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