Between Monday 27 June and Friday 1 July local students got an insight into working in a local business or organisation thanks to a new ‘Opening Doors for Business scheme’. More than 200 14 year-olds visited Wyre Forest organisations in groups to get a feel for a range of different workplaces.
The students visited local participating organisations and gained an insight into what it does, how day to day business is carried out and met people who work there. The idea is to provide young people who are thinking about their career direction to have a taste of the real working environment and what different workplaces look and feel like.
Neil Morris, Commercial Director of OGL Compueter and Chairman the ReWyre Board has orchestrated the ‘Opening Doors for Business’ scheme with support from Mark Garnier MP for Wyre Forest, Wyre Forest District Council, The ContinU Trust and organisations on the ReWyre board.
Neil Morris said
“When I took up the role of Chairman of ReWyre, it was my vision to make our agenda about grass roots business issues. ReWyre is all about creating a positive environment for businesses, visitors, investors in Kidderminster and Wyre Forest.
“The ReWyre board members – made up of local business leaders and Wyre Forest District Council, want to do something proactive to bridge the skills gap we have in the area. One of the ways we are doing this is to engage young people to show them that there are exciting and wide ranging opportunities on their own doorstep.
“Hopefully this will inspire them to look into the comprehensive training and development opportunities at our colleges and the organisations themselves and create their chosen lifestyles in the local area.
Cllr Tracey Onslow, Wyre Forest Cabinet Member for Planning & Economic Regeneration said,
“There are some excellent businesses and public sector employers in Wyre Forest who are always looking for enthusiastic, willing people to add value to their organisations. By launching this scheme, we want to send a message to young people that they should look closely at the local workplace for apprenticeships and careers where they can develop and grow.”
Organisations participating in the scheme are OGL Computer, Brinton’s Carpets, Specsavers/Lens Online, Beakbane, MFG Solicitors, Community Housing Group, Tooles Transport, West Midlands Safari Park, Wyre Forest District Council, Hogarth’s Stone Manor, Morgan Technical Ceramics, Amada (UK), and Tesco.
During the week, students who opted to visit the organisations that appealed to them, made a group visit. They had a mixture of experiences such as participating in meetings, observing how customers are engaged with, seeing manufacturing in action and talking to workers.
The range of organisations involved means that students had a broad mix of first hand impressions in different environments. These included superstore retailing, behind the scenes at West Midlands Safari Park, exploring the world of computers, looking after guests at a busy hotel, driving a transport company, manufacturing and distributing of optical lenses, working in a solicitors, carpet manufacture and sales, manufacturing and logistics, working in community housing and a local authority, working in high tech manufacturing of ceramics, or machine parts, and designing CADCAM software.
Students from Hagley Catholic High School, taking part in the Opening Doors for Business scheme running this week across Wyre Forest. (L to R) Rob Chadwick from ContinU, Andy Dobson Kidderminster College, Andy Bywater NWedR with Cllr Tracey Onslow (white jacket) and in the foreground Neil Morris from OGL Computer working together to give young people an insight into the world of work.