BT helps give aspiring engineers the skills to get into industry
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A telecoms giant has helped aspiring engineers gain the skills and confidence needed to embark on a career in the industry.
BT has supported eight young people in Norwich through its Work Ready scheme, which has seen them given interview coaching, hands-on training, public speaking skills and shadowing workers.
The three-week course is open to anyone aged 18 to 24 who is not in education, employment or training.
BT work ready coach Scott Ellis, who ran the course, said: 'We focus on their CVs, build their confidence, interview skills, presentation and show them the different roles that are out there.'
Thierry Allen, 18, of Elizabeth Fry Road, Norwich, said: 'We have gained a lot of confidence, I got over my fear of public speaking, and we have moved forward as a group.
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'The course breaks down the basics of getting a job and simplifies the things you don't get taught in school.'
The first week of the course is mainly office based and focuses on building and developing practical work skills.
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This is followed by a week on the job, shadowing employees and getting hands on experience of the working day.
The final days of the work placement are spent doing mock interviews and a day assessment as well as developing an individual plan of the next steps to find employment or return to education.
Giles Ellerton, regional partnership director for BT, said: 'It is about attracting and engaging young people in the world of work. We are helping them to transition to work from education and showing them what it is all about, in a practical way through work experience but also by building their confidence.'
After completing the course Norwich South MP Clive Lewis presented the attendees with certificates.
He said: 'Hearing the stories from these guys, they are young people who want to work and want to go into engineering but haven't had that confidence to do so for a variety of reasons.
'In many cases they have the ability to do the job but not to get through the interview process.'
The scheme is part of BT's commitment as a founding partner in the Movement to Work coalition of employers.