DASH for Careers Success – don’t miss out!

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Companies with apprenticeship opportunities needed to support the second Young Enterprise DASH Skills Match day focusing on apprenticeships on Tuesday 2nd April for hundreds of students from Dorset’s secondary schools, with parents/guardians also having the opportunity to attend the ‘careers event with a difference’

The event at Blandford School on 2nd April is the second of two Skills Match days organised by Young Enterprise (sponsored by JP Morgan and supported by Young Chamber, East Dorset and Christchurch Council and the Careers and Enterprise Company in Dorset) following the huge success of the first event last Monday (25th March) with c.500 students attending the all-day event at Signature TECHNICAir and many parents and students opting to attend in the evening as well.  Thanks goes to all the Dorset Chamber members who took part.

The second event takes place next week at Blandford School on Tuesday 2nd April and there is still room for businesses to exhibit, especially if they have apprenticeships and training opportunities for young people.

25 schools will have attended across the two events, with the split into ‘skills zones’ representing the attributes young people need when they enter the workplace – Communication, Confidence, Financial Capability, Teamwork, Organisation, Problem Solving, Resilience and Initiative. This is the final part of the 2018/19 DASH (Dorset and South Hampshire) employability programme which, funded by J.P. Morgan, has also included a 12-hour interactive workshop and workplace visits. The purpose of DASH is the raise aspirations of young people and equip them with the skills and knowledge necessary for the local labour market.

Gary Ford, Managing Director at J.P Morgan said: ”The Skills Match events are one element of the Employability Skills Programme and offer a unique approach for young people by placing businesses and youth organisations into clear zones where young people can begin to make a link between the things they are good at and like doing and a potential career path. It is a very logical approach and one we are sure will be a huge success.”

Visitors will have the chance to talk to a wide variety of businesses offering apprenticeships, with current apprentices on hand to talk to students and parents / guardians about their experiences.  Youth organisations are also attending to talk about how they help young people develop these important skills.

Parents / guardians are invited to attend the evening session at each venue between 4-7pm to find out more about the post 16 and post 18 options available to their young person(s).  Attendance at Blandford School is via registration only at Eventbrite: http://tiny.cc/ye-122

Hannah Cook, Area Manager at Young Enterprise said “Students will have the opportunity to match their existing skills to employers and gain an understanding of the jobs available in the areas they are good at and enjoy. We believe this is the first time matching skills to job roles has been undertaken in Dorset and we have been delighted with the support from businesses and youth organisations and response from the schools who have registered to bring students for this initiative.”

If you would like to exhibit at the Blandford School event on 2nd April, please email hannah.cook@y-e.org.uk for booking information.