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Grantham teens given insight into the world of work

Teenagers were given an insight into the world of work at a ‘first of its kind’ business skills conference last week.

More than 40 pupils in Year 10 and above from five schools across Grantham were given the opportunity to learn key skills, including leadership, communication and applying for jobs at the event held at the Jubilee Church Life Centre last week.

This year’s conference was opened by InvestSK CEO Steve Bowyer and supported by local businesses including BGB Innovation, Specsavers, Viking Signs and South Kesteven District Council.

It is the third year that sports charity inspire+ has organised the conference.

Inspire+ business skills conference. (5771800)
Inspire+ business skills conference. (5771800)

Inspire+ leadership manager Marc Blackman said: “It is the first Business Skills Academy of its kind in Lincolnshire. We believe the event is important to students to give them the extra skills needed and life skills on top of their qualifications when going out looking for work.”

InvestSK CEO Steve Bowyer, who was invited to open the event, added: “It was a real privilege to be involved. Not only does it demonstrate that there are young people locally who are putting themselves forward in terms of leadership development but also that they are genuinely keen to explore what their future careers might look like and what skills they will need for that.

“I was really impressed with the positive attitude of the young people. This is an invaluable quality in anyone that a business is looking to recruit.”

James Tupper, marketing manager at BGB added: “It was great to see the young leaders really engaged throughout the day.

“It’s always a worthwhile experience and the young adults really get a good insight into what is needed when going for that first job interview and more importantly start thinking about what career path to follow.”

Pupils from Priory Ruskin Academy, Walton Girls’ High School, West Grantham Academy St Hugh’s, Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School and The King’s School Grantham, took part in a series of workshops and now have the opportunity to apply for work experience placements at the participating businesses.


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