Young people in East Northamptonshire got together to talk about employment at a council conference in Rushden last month.
East Northamptonshire Council (ENC) organises a Youth in East Northamptonshire (YEN) conference each year to bring together students from the five secondary schools across the district.
The theme of this year’s conference was employment and, based on student feedback, it was a resounding success.
Students took part in a variety of activities looking at how jobs have changed over time and how they might look in the future, as well as learning about job requirements and interview skills.
They had the chance to meet representatives from Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, East Midland Ambulance Service, Kettering Borough Training and Service Six to learn more about their services and opportunities for young people.
There was the opportunity to speak to ENC’s apprentices to learn about their roles and how the apprenticeship scheme works. District councillors were also on hand to inform students about their roles in the community and how they can act as a voice for young people.
Student feedback was overwhelmingly positive with comments such as "Discussions were great. Fun and educational", "I loved all of the activities, they definitely boosted my confidence" and "it was an awesome experience."
Shaun Sannerude, Community Development Officer at ENC, organised the conference. He said:
"Each year we hold this conference on a different theme and it’s always good to get such positive input and feedback from our younger residents. It’s never too early to teach them about the working world and giving them the skills and experience needed for the when they reach working age. There was lots of innovative thinking throughout the day and I was really impressed with the contributions from all the students."
Young people in the district can learn about different services available to them by visiting our YEN webpage.
Our jobs and apprentice opportunities are advertised on our jobs and careers page.