Scheme gives on the job training

Pictured at the Master Cutler's Gala Awards Dinner are (L-R) one of the founders of Work-Wise, Kevin Parkin, Master Cutler, Professor Bill Speirs and Richard Caborn.
Pictured at the Master Cutler's Gala Awards Dinner are (L-R) one of the founders of Work-Wise, Kevin Parkin, Master Cutler, Professor Bill Speirs and Richard Caborn.

A NEW industry-led work experience initiative has been hailed as “the ultimate interview” by some of the area’s biggest names in manufacturing.

The Work-wise programme has been endorsed by the Master Cutler’s Challenge, and will benefit financially from fundraising from businesses, schools, students and apprentices.

Work-wise gives young people a chance to gain first-hand experience of the realities of the workplace, providing them with the skills and attitudes necessary to secure an apprenticeship or a job straight from school.

Most schemes aimed at giving young people relevant experiences of work are government-led, and lack the reality of current employment requirements, those behind the scheme say. Work-wise has been designed and developed against recruitment standards and therefore has an advantage as the skills addressed by the programme are geared to the requirements of business.

It has been backed from industry big hitters including manufacturers Forgemasters and Firth Rixson.

The scheme is expected to be rolled out across South Yorkshire allowing youngsters from Doncaster to sign up.

One of the work-wise founders and business heavyweight, Kevin Parkin, describes the scheme as “the ultimate interview”.

He added: “We simply could not find young people who were ready for employment, and found that that is common in many businesses.

“The support will enable us to increase the number of schools and pupils who can benefit from work-wise.”