A JOBLESS teenager has started a four-week work placement at the science discovery centre Techniquest Glyndwr.
Lauren Thomas, aged 17, a former pupil of Rhosnesni High, has been without work since leaving school last year.
Lauren enrolled with ACT Training to help her build up work skills and experience and ACT arranged her placement with Techniquest Glyndwr.
She said: “I like the busy atmosphere and it certainly looks like I will be getting a very varied experience when I’m here.
“The explainer/presenters with me are very friendly and helpful. Although I’m interested in eventually working with animals, hopefully training as a veterinary assistant, I also want to get experience of working with the public and using electronic tills.
“Since it’s school holiday time, I’ve already had the experience of being in the various zones and meeting the families.
“I’m busy trying out the different exhibits to see how they work so that I can help the visitors to Techniquest Glyndwr ”
Tony Davies from ACT Training said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to see Lauren on placement at Techniquest Glyndwr. It is a great example of a top employer who is giving young people a foot in the door into employment.”
Lauren is the sixth young person to have been offered the chance to pick up a valuable month-long work experience placement at Techniquest Glyndwr.
Following a successful application to the National Science Academy Grant Scheme from the Welsh Government, the centre secured £64,000 of funding to support work experience placements with people who were Not in Education, Employment or Training – NEETs – or those at risk of becoming NEETs.
A wide range of work experience is on offer for those young people wanting to take up the challenge of a placement. It includes working alongside the presenters explaining the 65-plus interactive science exhibits to visitors – either pupils on school visits or the general public, meeting and greeting visitors, helping out on public outreach activities, shadowing the communications team on promoting the centre, assisting in the shop and gaining experience on tills.
The project is providing placements until February 2015.
If anyone knows a young person who is currently unemployed who may be interested to join the programme at Techniquest Glyndwr, they can contact Scot Owen on e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.