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Bondholders Flowerworld and YMCA Derbyshire have teamed up to offer young people in Derby the opportunity to gain practical work experience.

YMCA Key College, the educational arm of YMCA Derbyshire, has launched a partnership with Morrisons Flowerworld to help students get into work despite the Covid-19 emergency.

Flowerworld, based in Sinfin, employs 460 people on each shift and produces 400,000 bouquets every week.

Its Employability Academy has been developing a strategy with specific concentration on the recruitment of young people. This has seen the creation of a partnership with YMCA Key College which will particularly benefit those who have little or no experience of the workplace.

They will undergo a seven-week course which covers a variety of subjects from CV writing to interview techniques. Due to the current restrictions, the first sessions will be taking place weekly via Zoom lectures.

At the end of the seven weeks, all students who have engaged with and enjoyed the course will be given the chance to apply for paid work experience as a general operative at Flowerworld during peak production.

Louise Ward, People Advisor at Flowerwold Employability Academy said: “This year has been difficult for a lot of people and we want to give the YMCA Key College students as much confidence as possible that they will succeed after they finish their studies.”

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