TWO members of staff from a Malvern tech firm have been appointed to help pupils at a county school get into the world of work.

Julia Millidge and Dominika Tasarz-Sochacka from Payara have taken up voluntary positions with The Chase school, where they will work directly with the school’s leadership team to develop its careers programme.

The two will be working to ensure local employers are at the heart of education, opening up the jobs market to pupils.

Both Payara representatives will have access to a range of practical resources, as well as the support of a trained, full-time enterprise coordinator from The Careers & Enterprise Company to help with their roles.

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Julia Millidge said: “My background in teaching means that the Enterprise Adviser scheme is very close to my heart. Being able to utilise my position as a tech business owner whilst helping students find future employment is so rewarding.

“There is no better way to give back to the community than by sharing our knowledge, skills and expertise.

"Not only is this outreach programme fundamental to Payara’s development, but as Enterprise Advisers we can build positive working relationships with The Chase and its students, whilst aiding recruitment into our business.”

Sandra Howells, Careers & Enterprise coordinator added: “I believe the Enterprise Adviser scheme is so successful because it enables small businesses like Payara to educate and inspire young people.

"By helping to develop an effective careers plan, Enterprise Advisers are helping to create our future workforce and give them the tools they need to succeed.”

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Claire Finch, business support officer at The Chase High School said: “We are delighted to have Julia and Dominika on board as our new Enterprise Advisers.

"Their skills and expertise will be of great benefit in helping our careers team continue to offer a quality programme that informs and inspires students during and after their time in education.”

The programme is also fully supported by The Malvern Hills District Council and Worcestershire County Council who believe that more students should be encouraged to visit and learn about today’s workplace.

Dominika Tasarz-Sochacka said: “There is a lot of misconception amongst young people regarding career opportunities within our region – one common belief is that it’s not as exciting as big cities like London or Bristol.

"Young people need reassurance that Worcestershire can give them plenty of opportunities for personal and professional growth – they just need to know how and where to look.”

The Careers & Enterprise Company connects schools and colleges with employers and supports them to work together to provide young people with effective and high-quality encounters within the world of work.