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Wrekin inspires the next generation

Students at The Charlton School in Telford rolled up their sleeves and got hands on at a careers day hosted by The Wrekin Housing Group.

The youngsters were given an overview of the wealth of different careers available at Wrekin, including development, trades, finance, catering, care & marketing.

Year 8 pupils were guided through the exercises by Wrekin’s Social Value Co-ordinator Gill Price, as well as Regional Catering Manager Jacob Perry.

The visit was organised as part of Wrekin’s bid to inspire the next generation. Wrekin has partnered with The Careers and Enterprise Company & The Marches Career Hub to become a Cornerstone Employer. The move is part of Wrekin’s continued drive to help young people across Telford and Wrekin, Shropshire & Staffordshire prepare for the world of work.

This move will see Wrekin, which provides affordable housing over 27,000 people, work with other employers to support school and colleges across the regions.

As a ‘Cornerstone Employer’, Wrekin will work to ensure young people have access to meaningful engagement with employers as well as access to an array of experiences.

Gill Price, Social Value Co-ordinator with The Wrekin Housing Group, said:

"We want to help build aspirational communities and support our residents to achieve their goals, and we know that schools and colleges already play a key part in this.

"We currently work with 34 schools to boost what they already do or support new initiatives to benefit the school community.

"Bringing real hands-on experience like today means that students can ask questions of the experts and really get a flavour of what working for Wrekin means."

Liz Soulby, Career Lead at the Charlton School, said:

"Having local and national employers in school for our pupils to hear from and interact with is an essential part of our careers strategy, which relies on the fantastic support from the likes of Wrekin, who put on an interactive and inspirational session.

"Our pupils benefited in so many ways. For some they have found their goal - to secure an apprenticeship and future at The Wrekin Housing Group."

16th November 2022