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Glasgow youngsters can kick-start their careers with a free BT work placement

Press Release   •   Nov 01, 2017 11:00 GMT

Glasgow youngsters can apply for free BT work placements

BT is on the lookout for young people in Glasgow who are ready to kick-start their working life with a free work placement.

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.

The work placement offers the opportunity for people to build confidence and learn practical work skills such as CV writing and interview techniques. Attendees are given a certificate showing their attendance and achievements to demonstrate their commitment to prospective employers.

The next work placement in Glasgow starts on Monday, 27 November, 2017 and will be held at BT’s Dial House offices in Bothwell Street. For more details or to apply visit www.bt.com/workready.

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

In Glasgow this will be an opportunity to work alongside engineers from Openreach, Scotland’s digital network business, as they build and maintain the fibre and copper cables that connect city homes and business to local telephone exchanges.

The final days of the work placement are spent doing mock interviews, creating a stand-out CV and developing an individual plan of the next steps to find employment or return to education.

Brendan Dick, BT Scotland director, said: “A BT work placement is a fully-supported programme which can inspire young people and give them the confidence and skills they need to either start their working life or return to education.

“I’d encourage any young person looking to get on a new career path to join a work placement. We regularly run courses in Glasgow and elsewhere in Scotland, so even if you can’t attend this particular course, register your interest to make sure you don’t miss out in the future.”

BT work placements are part of the BT Work Ready programme – 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.*

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Notes to Editors

* Movement to Work offers work placements to 16-24-year-olds who are not in education, employment or training, and particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds who can struggle to identify and take advantage of employment opportunities.

BT is a lead company for the charity, which is a collaboration of UK employers aiming to tackle youth unemployment by providing high-quality work experience placements.

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