Cut to service has big effect on youth

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IN RESPONSE to your article written by Hannah Collisson about Xtrax, with Andrew Batsford’s comments on the reduction of programmes aimed at 16-24 year olds and the resultant rise in unemployment for this group, I would like to comment that we have been greatly affected in schools by the withdrawal of the majority of the Connexions Career Service.

To help alleviate this massive gap in independent advice and information, which will potentially have a huge detrimental effect, especially on our present year 11 and 13 students, Parkwood is organising a Careers Fair.

It will take place on Wednesday 8th February at the Phoenix Arts Centre, William Parker Sports College. It will concentrate on pathways to careers and transferable skills for years 11-13.

We would like to extend an invitation to Mr Batsford to contact us for further details of the event, as we already have some very interesting and varied participants ready to share their expertise with the students.

We are, however, still looking for a major sponsor for this event.

Hopefully an employer will be ready to make a huge difference to the young people in this town, in helping them to enhance their future career and employment skills.

Please contact me at Helenswood, 01424 710413, if you would consider giving this real boost to our local youngsters.

Nicky Cusack

Parkwood School