A MAJOR employer in the North West is giving Priestley students the chance of some unique work experience.
Mike Henshaw, Head of Legal Services at Alternative Futures in Prescot, approached the college after reading about Senior Tutor Mark Salmon being named Young People’s Champion by O2 last year.
“Mike told me he really wanted to give something back to the community so he gave a talk to 40 students about the different routes they might take into a career in Law,” said Mark.
“One way is to get the best degree possible, but he explained that there are different routes to achieving a successful career.”
As well as answering students’ questions he also offered them work experience.
However, they will have to apply in writing for the positions and demonstrate their understanding of the Alternative Futures.
The charity supports adults with learning disabilities and mental health needs. It employs 2,500 people in the North West and supports more than 1,100 individuals, most within their own homes.
“It will be interesting work that will make them think, they are not just going to be asked to make the tea,” said Mark.
“The people who secure the work experience will feed back what they’ve learned to their peers so that everyone takes as much away from the process as possible.”