Jurys Inn Middlesbrough played host to the region’s very first Talent Match-funded Get Hired event which was entirely directed by a panel of young people last month. 

The group was introduced to a variety of opportunities, including volunteering, apprenticeships, further education and employment. The event was a huge success, with one young person being offered employment the following day! Further interviews have since taken place and work trials are now set for four young people who clearly impressed the Jurys Inn team. The rest of the group are considering volunteering and apprenticeship opportunities as well as upcoming Prince’s Trust programmes.

Talent Match brings together a range of local organisations to help young people overcome the barriers they're facing and uses feedback from young people to help make decisions on delivery. 

Get Hired was attended by 21 young people from both Talent Match and Prince’s Trust programmes. The day included interactive employability workshops to support the group and explore both their soft skills and experience. This was followed by informative tips and Q&A sessions with Middlesbrough Voluntary Development Agency, One Planet Pioneers, Askham Bryan College and Profound Services. Catherine Rice, Jurys Inn HR Officer, also discussed current job opportunities and took the excited group on a tour of the hotel including the kitchen and on-site gym and pool. 

Talent Match Middlesbrough Manager Anne-Marie McNaughton said:

The event was a great success! Creative elements such as having organisations present to the young people was refreshing to see, and clearly enjoyed by all who participated. The event was a world apart from the usual careers fairs we are used to and the young people’s input helped with this.

Yusupha was the lucky young man offered employment the following day, after impressing Jurys Inn with his professionalism and performance at Get Hired. 

It was a great experience to have the opportunity to get in front of an employer. I have applied for so many jobs since being in the UK and I have never been able to get through the application process due to my written English. I was able to speak to the manager, ask questions and hand in my CV personally. I completed a work trial and now I have been offered my very first job with Jurys Inn. I am so thankful for the opportunity and am loving my job. Thank you so much!

Get in touch:

Email Sarah.Wales@princes-trust.org.uk to find out more.