Young people looking for work in South Holland, Bourne and the Deepings have a double helping of sources they can turn to.
Lincolnshire and Rutland Education Business Partnership (EBP) has launched a new website for 16 to 25-year-olds where they can match their skills and experience with job opportunities and apprenticeships.
EBP Skills Tree offers a simpler way for young people to find work and further education courses based on the university applications process UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admission Service).
The new website has been launched at the same time as a job opportunities fair takes place at South Holland Centre, Spalding, today between 10am and 2pm.
Claire Flavell, operations manager for EBP, said: “We have designed Skills Tree to be the go-to place for teenagers and young adults when looking for meaningful employment and progression opportunities.
“What it does is to provide a central marketplace where businesses can post information about themselves and their vacancies.
“Young people can then browse openings and, ultimately, the two can connect with one another through a single platform.”
Bakkavor Group, United Linconshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Lincolnshire Co-operative and recruitment agency Brook Street have already pledged to support Skills Tree by offering positions through the website as they become available.
Claire said: “The feedback we have had from young people tells us they often have trouble knowing where to find vacancies and opportunities.
“Businesses, on the other hand, have said they find themselves struggling to reach 16-25 year-olds with available opportunities.
“So it is exciting that the EBP has recognised the need for a service like this and we hope to work closely with employers to provide young people with the experience needed to move on to employment in the future.”
Skills Tree can be accessed by going to www.skills-tree.org.uk and employers interested in posting opportunities should email firstname.lastname@example.org