Chiswick Area Forum to focus on youth employability

Image above: Chiswick Town Hall – the venue for Chiswick Area Forum; Chairman of this year’s forum Cllr Gabriella Giles 

Tuesday, 5 December from 6.30pm at Chiswick Town Hall

The next Chiswick Area Forum, on Tuesday 5 December, will focus on youth employability, with presentations from a local employer; charities that teach skills for life; from students of Chiswick School who will give their perspectives on the world of work; and Hounslow council on its Youth Skills Guarantee Scheme.

The event starts at 6.30pm with a marketplace of stalls about organisations offering employment, training and skills development as well as festive refreshments. The formal meeting starts at 7.30pm.

Councillors hope the forum will particularly appeal to students who will soon be starting work and who would like to know about local opportunities, and their parents, grandparents or anyone who is keen to support young people to gain skills.

They would also like to hear from young people who have worked, whether part time in school holidays or occasionally at weekends, about their experiences and what they wished they’d known or been able to do before taking their first job.

Cllr Gabriella Giles, this year’s chairman of the Chiswick Area Forum, has brought together an “extremely varied” group of people and organisations to explain what they do and find out what local students want. Cllr Giles said:

“I wanted specifically to look at the future of the world of work for the new generation and in particular at opportunities in Chiswick and the borough.  There are so many fantastic ways to gain skills to improve employability, skills that will be needed across the employment spectrum, and I wanted to publicise them.

“I also want to hear from local students about their experiences of work, their fears and the concerns that might put them off working locally, and what they would like employers to provide to help their employability. It doesn’t matter what those first work experiences are.  They all teach skills that are needed throughout a career, whatever that career might be.”

Presentations will be given by:

  • A local employer on skills needed and skills to be gained
  • The Hogarth Youth Centre on how it develops young people for the world of work
  • Chiswick School students on what they want from their first jobs
  • Hounslow Council’s Youth Skills Guarantee Scheme and what it offers school students

The marketplace stalls include:

  • Adult education
  • Brentford Football Club
  • Metropolitan Police careers
  • University of West London
  • West London Works