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Students home in on potential career path in housing

Sixth form students at a Rossendale School were given the opportunity to learn about career opportunities at one of the town’s key employers.

Haslingden High welcomed Mark Stevenson, Senior Employability Advisor, and Sharn Wightman, Senior Project Officer, from Newground, part of Together Housing, which moved into the restored Town Hall earlier this year.

Less than one in ten young people would consider a career in housing, despite the fact that more than half have an interest in subjects that would qualify them for the industry, according to a recent survey by housing association L&Q.

Mark Stevenson said: “There’s a misconception that housing is about property and not people when actual fact it is one of the most rewarding professions, with an enormous capacity to touch people’s lives in different ways. We want to raise awareness among young people of the variety of roles available from building and landscape gardening to youth and community work to marketing and communications.”

Karen Hurst, Head of year 13 at Haslingden High, said: “As part of our Next Steps Programme in the Sixth Form, we are always looking to facilitate employer encounters for our students. Mark and Sharn led the first of our sessions this academic year, discussing the huge range of roles available at Together Housing with some of our Year 13s. Sessions such as these are invaluable to students considering starting their careers within the local area and we would be delighted to welcome them back next year”.

Megan Eastwood, Economic Development Officer at Rossendale Council, added: “One of my key responsibilities is to link our school pupils to local businesses and organisations, giving them a broad understanding of various industries to inspire their career choices.

“With Haslingden High School being the largest school we have in the valley, the size of classes and volume of pupils can sometimes be a barrier to arranging careers activity. This alternative approach of inviting Newground to speak to students proved very successful.

“The students received an introduction to Newground and got the chance to understand how the organisation operates and fulfils its core values as well as hear about the many different career and training opportunities available. The students found the session particularly interesting and we’ve had some wonderful feedback. As a result, many have expressed an interest in the company’s apprenticeship schemes.”

 

 

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