Karl Turner, Labour MP for East Hull, recently attended the presentation of certificates to young people in Hull who had taken part in the Bright Lights pre-employment training programme.
A group of 16-24-year-olds from Hull who had struggled to find work are celebrating after graduating from a new pre-employment training programme, Bright Lights, supported by St Stephen’s and designed to help kick start a career in retail or hospitality.
The trainees completed a free five-week programme that combined classroom learning with work placements at St Stephen’s retailers, including Tesco, with the aim of providing unemployed young people in Hull with the skills they need to build a career in customer service.
St Stephen’s retailers and restaurants were so impressed with the trainees’ potential, many have been offered permanent or temporary roles at the centre.
St Stephen’s is one of six shopping centres that was selected by British Land to pilot the new scheme, in partnership with The Source Skills Academy – a leading centre of excellence for retail and WorldHost customer service training, and one of only a select number of National Skills Academies for Retail.
Speaking after the event, Karl Turner MP said “I was honoured to attend this presentation in recognition of the hard work that these young people have put in to this scheme.
“It is through training programmes like this one that young people who are struggling to get a foot on the employment ladder benefit.
“I am proud to support this scheme and the hard work that the young people have put in and I look forward to hearing about their future progress”
The Bright Lights pre-employment training programme will run again in 2017. For more information about the programme and how to apply next year, contact firstname.lastname@example.org