Guest post: Hungarian study visit to Bradford

As part of the Erasmus+ KA1 mobility project entitled ”YES – Young Employment Start”,  delegates of the Government Office of Békés County, Hungary, visited Bradford to explore the methods and best practices applied in England which promote youth employment.

Aspire-international organised a series of professional visits for our group which consisted of professionals working in the Hungarian Public Employment Services, representatives of ALFA KISOSZ – an adult training institution promoting employment through training and retraining, delegates from the Chamber of Commerce and delegates from Békés County. Each of the organisations we represent plays an important role in the transition of students from vocational education to the world of work.

The main goal of the 5-day study visit was to investigate the wrap-around support system available in England which promotes employability by helping to prevent early drop outs, leading to a higher number of young adults gaining qualifications. During the study visit, we learned about the various services provided by aspire-igen at the Opportunity Centre in the field of careers support and training.

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Aspire-international also arranged meetings with major organisations in the Bradford area such as the West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce who invited us to participate in the “Getting to Know You” event preceding Bradford Manufacturing Week. This was to gain first-hand experience of how employers and local businesses can build and sustain relationships with local schools to enhance labour market prospects of graduates, as well as answer the specific needs of the labour market in the region.

We then visited the Westfield House Jobcentre to find out about available services for jobseekers aged 18 to 24 years old. The jobcentre’s work builds effective relationships with employers, partners and training providers and community work coaches.

Last but not least, we visited the Bridge Project which successfully provides help and support services to achieve a positive change in the Bradford area.

Across the 5 busy, but enjoyable, days we explored new opportunities about ways to tackle youth unemployment and we will benefit from our week spent in Bradford in numerous ways in the future. Thank you aspire-international!

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– Gabriella Nagy, Government office for Békés County

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