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News: Ready Hub Partnerships

Posted on: May 22nd, 2013

Rotherham Ready is working with the Learning Communities of Wingfield, Winterhill and Clifton to develop Ready Hubs, that will empower young people and communities to create a better social and economic future by transforming lives through enterprise.

With representatives from schools, the community and business Ready Hubs will co produce a range of activities and initiatives that offer young people a rounded experience of enterprise learning. Following a business briefing where local businesses were asked to contribute their ideas in support of the Ready Hubs, Parkgate SHOPPING said that they would like to offer long term enterprise bridging courses for year 10 and 11 students who would like a future in retail and would benefit from hands on experience.

As a result of this, four year 11 students from Wingfield have secured enterprising placements at “Next” and “M&S” and are being mentored to develop their enterprise skills and options for the future. Joanne Sorby, Careers/Work related Co-ordinator at Wingfield Business and Enterprise College said:

“As a college we are committed to providing experiences for students to enhance their employability skills and increase their knowledge of the world of work. The chance to work closely with Rotherham Ready and local employers to provide work placements for some of our students was an excellent opportunity to develop this further.”

The four students were chosen for the project because they demonstrated an enthusiasm and commitment to taking part and have all successfully completed a vocational course involving customer service skills. This will enable them to put these skills into practice and aid their transition into employment in the future.

Billy Smith, Regional Operations Manager at Parkgate, said:

“This is an excellent initiative from Rotherham Ready, and we are very pleased to be working with them and Wingfield Business and Enterprise College. I’m sure that the students will gain valuable experience during their time with Next and Marks and Spencer, and that it will benefit them greatly as they consider their career and further education options.”

Kate Penney, Ready Hubs coordinator for RMBC said that,

“The collaboration and input from partners with a different range of skills and experience is a key strength of the Ready Hubs and all of the schools and their partners from business and the community have shown real commitment to improving outcomes for young people.  This partnership is a clear example of the value of working together to achieve a shared goal.”

The creation of these Ready Hubs has been supported by Nesta (the UK’s leading innovation charity) through their Creative Councils programme. Part of Nesta’s mission is to help people and organisations bring great ideas to life and the Ready Hub model is doing a great job at making the most of this opportunity.