An East Lancashire engineering firm who look to hire young people through work placements have discussed how providing opportunities to young people is a key part of their recruitment process.
BCW Engineering, based on Innovation Drive, Bancroft Road in Burnley, have offered a variety of opportunities over the years to learners on Training 2000’s work preparation programme – which aims to increase the employability of young people and help them access an apprenticeship or gain employment.
One of those who gained a position and has thrived within the business is Imran, who has been with BCW Engineering for 5 years and works in the part marking team.
“It was fantastic to be offered the opportunity to work at such a great organisation, since initially starting on a placement to gain work experience I have moved to full time work and progressed in my career.”
Another member of staff who initially joined BCW after completing Training 2000’s work preparation programme is Taslima – who is now hired as a business admin apprentice, continuing her learning through the training provider.
“Working as part of a busy HR department is great experience and completing my apprenticeship gives me additional knowledge whilst gaining qualifications.
“That initial increase in confidence and skills I gained from the work programme at Training 2000 really helped when I took on the placement at BCW Engineering and allowed me to obtain my apprenticeship role.”
Gordon Cassie, HR Director at BCW Engineering explained why the company focused on hiring staff this way when possible:
“BCW has been an advocate of work experience from the very early days of the businesses development and our relationship with Training 2000 and the youth development programmes it runs are a significant contributor to our success.
“It forms part of the company’s ethos/core values, providing young people an opportunity when possible to fulfil their potential is really rewarding, and we have numerous success stories of those that have taken roles within BCW and those that have moved on. BCW has benefitted greatly from this approach to recruitment and strongly believes that providing work experience contributes to up skilling and gives career focus to the young people in our community”.
“Even when we cannot offer a position at the end of them we are still keen whenever we can to help people build experience.”
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