Young people train for life in workplace

TAKING PART: Officials and young people, from left, Geoff Le Page, Lesley  Watterson, Andy Stewart, Caitlin Bennett, Andy Preston, Angelena Boden, Hannah Marsh, Adam Porter, Jason Crowe and Euan Christian. PHOTO Mike Proudfoot MP120512 (38).

TAKING PART: Officials and young people, from left, Geoff Le Page, Lesley Watterson, Andy Stewart, Caitlin Bennett, Andy Preston, Angelena Boden, Hannah Marsh, Adam Porter, Jason Crowe and Euan Christian. PHOTO Mike Proudfoot MP120512 (38).

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YOUNG people taking part in a training programme designed to prepare them for the world of work displayed their ‘Hidden Talents’ at Ramsey Youth Centre last Friday.

The show, based on the TV programme of the same name and the culmination of a six-week course for young people aged 16-24 who are ‘Not in Employment, Education or Training’, which has become known by the acronym NEET.

Course leaders were Angelena Boden and Geoff Le Page of Transforming Training, working in cooperation with the Department of Economic Development.

Trainees were led in various activities and exercises designed to boost their confidence, provide knowledge and experience of the world of work and prepare them for future employment.

Previous courses have culminated in a Dragon’s Den presentation at the Villa Marina and a Murder Mystery event for the Sleepwell Hotel Group.

The Ramsey presentation saw the trainees aiming to impress a panel comprising of Brian Kelly, of the travel firm Mann-Link Travel, Nigel Watson, from luxury yacht and helicopter hire company Luviair, and Chris Blatcher, of Ramsey Chamber of Commerce and JAC Stores.

The audience included the chairman of Ramsey Commissioners Captain Nigel Malpass, new board member Tony Harmer and local business people plus family and friends.

Angela Boden told the audience: ‘Young people need people to believe in them, to give them a chance, but most of all they need to believe in themselves.

‘Each one is a unique individual with a hidden talent that needs to be brought out and it’s up to us adults to help them.’

The show that followed saw Caitlin Bennett and Hannah Marsh (‘The Persian Cats’) teaching the panel to count and name colours in a little-known foreign language, Farsi; Adam Porter delivering ‘The Porter Lecture’ on how not to be taken in by all you see on the internet; young mum Lesley Watterson selling her idea for an internet-based ‘Toy Swap’ business; Andy Preston expressing his enthusiasm for motorbikes and cars and his dream of getting a job working with machinery; and Euan Christian and Jason Crowe outlining their plan of setting up a prestigious TV rental and sales business.

Each presentation was well received and the young people were praised for their effort and commitment. Importantly, the panel recognised that each one had potential as an employee. All they need now is for a little bit of luck to come their way.

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