17th Sep, 2019

Redditch Library looks to the future with International Youth Day fair

Ross Crawford 17th Aug, 2019

REDDITCH Library played host to a special event on Monday, August 12, celebrating International Youth Day.

It showcased a range of careers and job opportunities available to young people such as apprenticeships as well as the armed forces plus a chance to talk to people in the know.

Warrant Officer Mark Reynolds, who’s based with the 37th Signals Regiment at their Winyates Way HQ emphasised the Army can be a part time as well as a full time career: “The Army is open to anyone as long as they are between 18 and 50-years-old, whether they’re a single parent or unemployed.

“It helps build a CV, improves employability, discipline and how to become a team player.

“We focus on IT and communications, but there’s also a demand for chefs, medics and clerks.

“It’s like a try before you buy, the minimum commitment is 27 days and you can decide whether it’s for you or not, but there’s nothing stopping you.”

Rebecca Baker of Traineeship and XL skills training, is starting a new all-female course in September based in Church Road for those with caring and child responsibilities.

“Our female course has flexible working and training hours to fit around the students,” she said.

“There’s a massive gap in the community for women and girls getting support, it’s about feeling secure, being given flexibility and comfort.

“I’ve been there twice, and it’s difficult juggling children and work life.

“Ultimately we are offering different groups different opportunities and empowering women.”

A different type of army were also there offering help to young people.

Maxine Hedley of the Salvation Army said: “We’ve been helping employ people since 1890.

“We help anyone that wants to work, and we do it as a one-on-one, tailor-made experience – not putting a square peg in a round hole.

“We can work together to get where you want to be.”

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