Plea for new placements in Dearne Valley

Viv Swain and Mikayla Harper, of Conisbrough-based Doncaster West Development Trust.
Viv Swain and Mikayla Harper, of Conisbrough-based Doncaster West Development Trust.

Employers are being urged to offer placements to young people to help prepare them for working life.

According to staff who are supporting 18-24 year-olds not in employment, education or training, a lack of work experience is a major obstacle to young people’s progress.

Viv Swain and Mikayla Harper, of Conisbrough-based Doncaster West Development Trust, work as coaches on the Lottery-funded Talent Match project which aims to tackle youth unemployment across Doncaster with a focus on Conisbrough, Mexborough and Denaby.

They provide one-to-one support tailored to the needs of individuals which can include improving their skills and confidence, CV-writing, job-searching and interview techniques as well as identifying routes into training, work or self-employment.

Dozens of job seekers have signed up for support from Conisbrough-based DWDT and more are joining every week prompting the appeal for local work experience or volunteering opportunities.

Viv said: “One of the biggest problems for a lot of young people is a lack of confidence but getting out of their normal routine, experiencing the workplace and doing something new often makes a massive difference.”

Mikayla added: “We work closely with clients for several months so we get to know them well and can match them up to the right employer or opportunity.”