Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce has unveiled a unique plan which aims to put thousands of young people in touch with business leaders to help improve their career prospects.
The chamber highlighted how long-term trends show A-Level and GCSE results continue to improve, but youth unemployment is almost three times the national average – which potentially reveals a mismatch between academic achievement and work readiness.
The chamber will now organise four careers events, bringing together thousands of pupils, businesses, schools, colleges and training providers, in order to address this issue.
Project leaders said the ‘Your Future’ programme, supported by the Skills Funding Agency, will give thousands of youngsters access to potential employers.
Andrew Denniff, chief executive of the Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce, said: “If young people are to make good decisions about their future career options, they need access to relevant, complete, and engaging information - and to the real businesspeople that make these options come to life.
“Otherwise, the gap between young people and business will continue, as too many learners study and train in areas where there is little demand for new employees. To bridge the gap between the world of education and the world of work, we’re putting together a programme that will break down barriers between pupils and businesses, bringing thousands of students and companies together through locally organised events.”
The chamber has not yet announced when and where the four careers events will be.