Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce

Chamber Youth Academy

Chamber Youth Academy is an intensive employer led programme aimed at young people (16-19 yrs old) who face barriers to employment.  They may have left school, completed a college course, training programme etc but haven't yet progressed into employment and the feeling is they still need support to do so.

The Academy programme includes a variety of experiences for the young people to participate in such as:
- Business Behind the Scenes visits,
- Confidence workshop,
- Recruitment and selection inputs,
- Worldhost certificate,
- an entrepreneurial challenge etc
- work experience
The young people also work on their 'Wishlist' during the programme and can be matched with a business mentor.

Claire Baird, Business Liaison Co-ordinator at the Chamber explains, 'Our aim is to equip young people with the confidence and skills to make the move into employment as seamless as possible. Potential recruits are referred to us from the various partners as the next step to honing their workplace skills. We would like to encourage employers who are looking to recruit a 16 to 19 year old  to get in touch.  We hope that the Chamber Youth Academy will be the first port of call for businesses taking on new staff and will in some way make the transition for young people into gainful employment a positive experience.'
Employers may also be eligible for recruitment incentives.
If you would like to become involved or are looking to recruit in the near future then please contact Claire at the Chamber Youth Academy on 01292 670147.

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