Companies from across Yorkshire have joined forces to provide over 1,000 students with job skills training.
The Building My Skills scheme is led by construction company Esh Group and aims to help young people into the workplace by giving them practical skills and exposure to a varied range of careers.
The programme will see 18 businesses work with 10 local schools and over 1,000 students involved across the region as a whole.
The initiative has been running since 2012 and achieved national recognition.
It brings together some of the region’s leading businesses from different sectors to work with Year 10 students in schools from a number of local authority areas, over the course of an entire academic year.
The programme has no cost to schools and promotes a range of job roles in different sectors.
It also helps students complete an employability portfolio, a series of essential documents required to access the workplace, and offers mock interview experience.
In July of this year, over 1,000 young people from across the North underwent mock interviews with a range of well-known firms in an event aimed at improving the job prospects of school leavers.
Esh Group provides support for young people through a variety of schemes. In the last academic year, over 9,000 students at schools across the North benefitted from the ‘Building My Skills’ programme.
Rebecca Shaw, added value coordinator at Esh Group, said: “Building My Skills makes a real difference to young people across Yorkshire, and the businesses that support the scheme deserve a lot of credit for giving up their time to help students into the workplace.”
Esh Group directly employs around 1,200 people in everything from civil engineering and building to commercial and residential property development.