The 'Give someone a start programme' was first developed by Thames Water in 2012 with the aim of providing the long-term unemployed with a foot-up on the career ladder.
The programme provides an insight as to what employers are looking for, whilst also equipping candidates with practical skills and hands-on experience in the workplace.
Candidates each have a mentor and are given tips on interview techniques and CV writing, while also taking part in a workshop to sharpen-up their IT skills.
It is hoped the knowledge they gain during the three-week programme will make them more attractive to potential employers.
Local MP Rob Wilson, who attended the certificate presentation event for the 17 candidates enrolled in the scheme said “Give Someone a Start is a great example of a company opening its doors to young people and helping them develop the skills and build the confidence they need to take the first steps in their career,”
Of the 17 candidates who took part in this unique work experience programme, three were additionally offered employment with Thames Water.
The programme highlights the pivotal role businesses can play in providing their local communities with the skills and experience required for the world of work. Business in the Community, through its Work Inspiration programme is supporting businesses develop and adopt similar programmes