Young people in south Warwickshire gain a taste of working life

Tim Howe, 19, from Warwickshire College practising his egg-poaching skills under the watchful eye of Warwick Castle chef Matt Harrison. Picture by Dave Warren.
Tim Howe, 19, from Warwickshire College practising his egg-poaching skills under the watchful eye of Warwick Castle chef Matt Harrison. Picture by Dave Warren.

The performing arts, catering, marketing and business development are among the professional sectors that young people in south Warwickshire have been trying out as part of a new project.

Through its Skills for Employment programme, Warwickshire County Council has set up its first Tourism and Hospitality World of Work (WoW) initiative, which aims to give 15 to 24-year-olds taster sessions in as many roles within the tourism sector as possible.

The project was launched earlier this month at Warwick Castle. Other businesses taking part include the Mallory Court Hotel in Bishops Tachbrook, the Warwickshire-based Lovely Pubs company and the British Motor Museum in Gaydon.

The aim is that some of the activities will lead to part or full-time jobs or work experience for the young people during the coming year.

County council leader Cllr Izzi Seccombe said: “The visitor economy is worth around £1 billion per year to Warwickshire. It’s a significant source of employment for those unable to work full-time and is a major employer of school leavers and young people.”

To find out more about the WoW initiative, call 01926 418027 or email skillsforemployment@warwickshire.gov.uk