300 young people in Reading inspired by the World of Work

Over three hundred students from secondary schools across Reading took part in a series of inspiring workshops to boost their understanding of employability skills.

The event forms part of Business in the Community’s Business Class programme, which partners businesses with local secondary schools. 

Bringing work to life

Taking place on December 1st, Reading Inspires, sponsored by Prudential, enabled local employers to share insight to the world of work with young people. The event was developed in response to a discussion amongst employers and schools about the need for work and employment to be brought to life for students.

It’s vital that employers and the education sector work together to help increase the employability of young people

- Gavin Rennie,
Head of Corporate Responsibility at Prudential UK & Europe

Topics ranged from how to leave a good impression with a potential employer to tips for career progression. 40 employees volunteered their day to run workshops to inspire the attendees. 

Organisations represented at the event included Prudential, AWE and KPMG.

Commenting on the event, Gavin Rennie, Head of Corporate Responsibility at Prudential UK & Europe said "It’s vital that employers and the education sector work together to help increase the employability of young people.

"The Reading Inspires Initiative provided a fantastic platform for both employers and schools from across Reading to come together and share their insights to the world of work."

Closing the skills gap

Reading Inspires was formed in response to a local discussion facilitated by Business in the Community, which recognised that young people often have not been adequately exposed to the core work life skills that enable them to bring a CV, personal statement and an application form to life.

With over 700,000 British employers claiming that they struggle to fill vacancies due to young people lacking key skills, it is clear that businesses must support the education of young people to ensure this skills shortage is addressed whilst also helping young people avoid unemployment in the future.

Find out more about BITC’s Business Class programme