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Free BT work placements to help youngsters in Hertfordshire get 'work ready'

Press release   •   Oct 24, 2017 18:04 BST

BT is offering free work placements to help young people in Hertfordshire get ‘work ready’ and prepared for their future careers.

The three-week course, combining hands-on work experience with coaching and training is open to anyone aged 16 to 24 not currently in education, employment or training.

Work placements are a great opportunity for people to build confidence and learn practical work skills such as CV writing and interview techniques. Although the course does not carry a formal qualification, attendees are given a certificate showing their attendance and achievements to demonstrate their commitment to prospective employers.

The next local Hertfordshire course starts on November 7, 2017 and will be held at the BT offices at Trident Place, Mosquito Way, Hatfield Business Park. For more details or to apply visit

The first week of the course is mainly office based and focuses on building and developing practical work skills. This is followed by time ‘on the job’, shadowing employees and getting hands on experience of the working day.

The final days of the work placement are spent doing mock interviews and a day assessment as well as developing an individual plan of the next steps to find employment or return to education.

Giles Ellerton, BT’s regional partnership director for the East of England, said: “BT work placements give local, young people the opportunity to experience the working day and gain invaluable insight of what is expected in the workplace.

“There will be more opportunities to join a work placement in the local area so even if you can’t attend this particular course I’d encourage you to register your interest to make sure you don’t miss out.”

BT work placements are part of the BT Work Ready programme which is a series of initiatives provided to help young people, particularly from disadvantaged backgrounds, gain employment skills and get them ready for work. It’s part of BT’s commitment as a founding partner in the Movement to Work coalition of employers.**

Further information on BT’s Work Ready programme –