Leeds students given help with their futures

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A charity has given youngsters a helping hand with future work opportunities.

Year 9 students from The South Leeds Academy in Belle Isle were able to apply for work experience placements in the area when they met local employers.

The 125 students took part in the Inspire event, hosted by Believe in Young People (BiYP) and its employer partner Premier Inn, as part of the charity’s nationwide Dream Big campaign which aims to place 5,000 young people into work experience and apprenticeships this summer.

The session included work-related challenges and job application advice.

Students were able to apply for work experience with Premier Inn and other BiYP employer partners including Costa, Hilton Worldwide, Jurys Inn and Mitchells & Butlers.

David Kent, Premier Inn cluster general manager, said: “The placements have got a real potential to turn into future employment opportunities and we’re looking forward to welcoming these talented students shortly.