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Walk on wild side could be pathway to jobs

Walk on wild side could be pathway to jobs  

Young unemployed people in inner city areas could take a walk on the wild side leading to innovative training thanks to a partnership between local employment experts and a wildlife conservation charity.

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and Pertemps People Development Group (PPDG) are jointly exploring opportunities to provide conservation training to scores of young jobseekers that could help in their search for employment.

PPDG, with offices in Smithsford Way, Coventry, and throughout Birmingham and the West Midlands, is a corporate member of the trust, actively encouraging employees to visit Brandon and other sites to support its work. The two organisations recently began negotiations to see how an effective partnership might benefit young people who are defined as not being in employment, education or training (NEETs).

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust aims to protect and enhance wildlife, natural habitats and geology throughout Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull and to encourage a greater awareness, appreciation and participation in all aspects of nature conservation and the environment.

Yvonne Stevens, corporate manager at the trust, said: “There are some really exciting opportunities for us to work alongside PPDG by providing conservation training for young unemployed people. We are currently investigating the potential to link into two of their employment projects which provide elements of good citizenship. It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to promote an appreciation of conservation with the added benefit of utilising it to help people secure employment.”

PPDG trainer Debbie Jones said: “Partnerships in business will inevitably present opportunities that are mutually beneficial. In this particular case the Trust can provide real and practical work experience which can be of definite benefit to our clients seeking employment opportunities. Such relationships can be invaluable in reducing levels of unemployment amongst younger job seekers.”

PPDG won the five to seven year Work Programme contract as a prime deliverer in the Birmingham, Solihull & Black Country region in a national tendering process carried out by the Government.

PPDG’s team of employment experts provides advice on benefits, confidence building, one-to-one support, CV and interview preparation as well as finding the right job or training course. In partnership with DWP, the Ministry of Justice and Jobcentre Plus, PPDG delivers a diverse range of employment and training initiatives and many programmes financed by the European Social Fund. PPDG came fourth in The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For 2011.

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