BUSINESSES are being urged to back a virtual work experience programme.

Cumbrian traders from all industries are being invited to support an “ambitious” work experience programme which will provide 3,000 placements for young people.

Cumbria Careers Hub has teamed up with Speakers For Schools to encourage 50 employers in the county to offer virtual work placements.

Work placements will last between one and five days and are targeted at young people aged 14-19.

Mike Smith OBE, CLEP board member said: “We are very excited about the prospect of joining forces with Speakers for Schools to help our youngsters aged between 14 and 19 enjoy a high quality virtual experience of the world of work.

“Employers in Cumbria now have the opportunity to repair some of the damage that the Covid-19 pandemic has brought about by curtailing work experience opportunities this year.”

He said: “Speakers for Schools has significant experience in this field and will offer full support to any employer who’s prepared to step in and help out, whether it’s for one day, three days or for five days and regardless of the organisation’s size. All we ask is that you are prepared to take a little time out of your working week to give our youngsters a helping hand on the careers ladder by introducing them to a working environment.”

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