Brent Central MP hosts bash in recognition of Harlesden school’s placement scheme

Clive Nyawo (centre) with his employers Ros Woodward (left) and Michael Selman

Clive Nyawo (centre) with his employers Ros Woodward (left) and Michael Selman - Credit: Archant

The MP for Brent Central hosted a celebratory bash in the House of Commons to mark the successes of a work experience scheme at a secondary school in Harlesden.

Sarah Teather welcomed a number of pupils from Newman Catholic College, in Harlesden Road, who took part in a programme, dubbed ‘Work Ready.’

Speaking at the event, the Liberal Democrat politician, who launched the programme in 2012, said: “It is giving the opportunity for students to develop their talents to ensure that they will be able to get a good job that they deserve.

“I would like to thank the employers. Sometimes it’s a risk but from what I’ve heard, everyone involved seem to have loved it.

In its third year, the scheme is aimed at giving the school’s disadvantaged teenagers who have a smaller chance of achieving higher education grades a taste into working life by arranging placement at some of the most reputable business in London.

Clive Nyawo, 20, who took part in the programme, was offered a permanent job from bespoke interiors firm, Wagstaff, after impressing his employers during his placement at the company.

Danny Coyle, head teacher at the school, said: “There is a view that young people have to go to university in order to progress and move on in life which is fine. But it is only one pathway available for our young people.

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He continued: “We are going to develop the program because the more we work together the stronger we become. We urge employers out there to get involved and help develop our youngsters.”

Companies participating in the scheme includes Barclay’s Bank, the Metropolitan Police Service and the Brent & Kilburn Times.

For more information on how to get involved contact the school on 0208 965 3947.