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Employers needed to ‘test drive talent’

Under SummitSkills’ new ‘Test Drive Talent’ initiative, businesses across England are being sought to provide work experience to gifted students who are currently on full time college courses studying for qualifications in the building services engineering sector.

This includes electrotechnical, heating and ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration or plumbing industries.

Students taking part will be aged 16 and over and the work experience placements can last from ten to 20 days, spread out over several weeks or as a single block of time. Companies that take part will simply need to bring the student into their day-to-day projects and involve them in work routines, giving them the opportunity to learn, get hands-on experience and develop their skills.

Those who offer their time can also expect wider associated benefits. “The students being selected for the placements are the high achievers in their class – they can bring new perspectives and the latest knowledge and skills to your business,” said SummitSkills chief executive Keith Marshall OBE.

As part of the project SummitSkills will also be working with employers to help them overcome barriers and misconceptions which can discourage businesses from offering these valuable opportunities to students.

Employers will have the opportunity to sign up to a ‘Youth Pledge’ to demonstrate their support for developing the skills of young people.

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