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With 86% of the young people they have worked with saying that the placement helped them make decisions about their future careers, they believe that creating meaningful work experience opportunities is invaluable to young people. To date they have provided work experience for over 200 young people at Bristol24/7 HQ. The editorial team work closely with their work experience placements to make sure that they have a working understanding of the journalistic process and they endeavour to make sure that their content is published on the website.
One young person said that their placement was “A really fun, insightful experience into a varied, exciting job. This week has shown me that it is possible to have a successful career in writing. Students are often pushed into careers that are purely going to make them money, but Bristol 24/7 has shown me that it is possible to do something which you truly enjoy.”
Not only do Bristol 24/7 offer traditional work experience placements, but they also aim to design creative opportunities for young people to learn new skills and showcase their talents in the city.
Inspiring the next generation of chefs
Following the launch of EatDrink24/7, Bristol’s first truly independent food and drink guide, Bristol 24/7 embarked on a new project to inspire the next generation of chefs. In early November they launched the Bristol24/7 young chefs programme in partnership with Square Food Foundation.
The aim of the programme, which culminated in the Bristol24/7 Autumn Feast, was to provide real life culinary experience alongside some of the city’s star chefs. Upon completion of the programme, the team of young people, aged 16-25, were to be offered placement and apprenticeship opportunities at leading Bristol establishments.
Sam Sohn-Rethel, co-owner of Bellita and former chef at Bell’s Diner, “I’m very happy to be joining Bristol24/7 and Square Food Foundation in this project – it’s exactly the sort of thing that the Bristol restaurant industry needs.”
Find out more about the Autumn Feast event here.
The next steps
Bristol 24/7 have been working closely with UWE, Bristol and will be working on more collaborative projects with tier support next year. Watch this space...
The organisation are looking to hold a longer 12-week young chefs programme next year in collaboration with the Square Food Foundation.
2018 is the year of engineering and Bristol24/7 is looking to role out a project to inspire the next generation of engineers. They will be working with key industry leaders to produce valuable experiences of work with a particular focus on encouraging girls into STEM led careers.