Shakespeare Birthplace Trust gains award for improving employability of young people

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has been awarded a prestigious Warwickshire County Council Employability Charter for its commitment to supporting young people to succeed in the workplace.

The Employability Charter is awarded to local businesses for activities which encourage and facilitate employability skills among young people.

The Charter was presented to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust by Stratford-on-Avon MP, Nadhim Zawahi.

The Trust won the award for its commitment to work with Stratford-upon-Avon College, Henley in Arden High School and Q Hotels in a new partnership project called ‘Mapping My Future’.

The initiative, which is supported by a £39,700 grant from Warwickshire County Council’s Skills for Employment programme, aims to address skills shortages and gaps in the accommodation and food service sectors in Stratford District. The project will provide students with awareness-raising activities such as business-led workshops, workplace visits, and mentoring for students from year seven upwards. Year 11 students participating will be guaranteed apprenticeship interviews at Q Hotels or the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and/or a place on a hospitality or travel/tourism course at the college.

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Leader of Warwickshire County Council and Portfolio Holder for Economic Development said: “We are delighted to award the Warwickshire Employability Charter to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust for its commitment to work with Stratford-upon-Avon College, Henley in Arden High School and Q Hotels. The project will not only provide youngsters with valuable hands on experience, but also increase their confidence and awareness of the world of work – vital in helping them enter employment in the future.

“The Employability Charter is a key part of our £2.4 million Skills for Employment programme to improve the employability skills and attributes of young people so businesses can recruit more readily to address skills gaps. We hope more organisations will be inspired to take up the challenge and consider working with local schools on other worthwhile projects.”

Cllr Philip Johnson, Chair of the council’s Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee, added: “Partnership projects like this one are invaluable in helping more of our young people on the path to gaining the skills and expertise they need to succeed in the workplace.”

Becky Cund, Director of HR and Administration at the Shakespeare Birthplace, said: “We are delighted to be awarded the Warwickshire County Council Employability Charter. We pride ourselves on offering employment opportunities for young people and are very excited to be working with our key partners Stratford College, Q Hotels and Henley School in the delivery of this fantastic programme to help youngsters gain invaluable experience in the workplace.”

Businesses and education providers interested in finding out more about Warwickshire County Council’s Employability Charter or any other aspect of the Skills for Employment programme, should call 01926 418027 or email:skillsforemployment@warwickshire.gov.uk