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Virtual reality to be used to help Bexley's youngsters find employment

PUBLISHED: 16:22 23 November 2016 | UPDATED: 16:22 23 November 2016

A student using virtual reality technology

A student using virtual reality technology

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The move forms part of a new approach by an education, employment and training firm

Virtual reality technology is to be used to help youngsters in the borough find employment.

Education, employment and training firm Prospects has pledged to use the technology after being awarded a new £500,000 contract by Bexley Council.

The company says virtual reality can offer young people “a 360-degree feel for working with different employers, attending job interviews and accessing services in the virtual world”.

While Prospects has operated in the borough for two decades, its new approach is aimed at providing young people with the digital skills they need to succeed in the current job market and beyond.

Young people aged 16 to 19 will be able to earn digital accreditations with Prospects Digital Badge Academy in employability skills, giving them recognised qualifications that can be shown to recruiters.

Cabinet member for education councillor Rob Leitch said: “Prospects have successfully delivered careers and education information advice and guidance in Bexley for a number of years and have helped to improve the outcomes for some of our most disadvantaged young people.

“I am very pleased that, following their recent successful tender, we have the opportunity to build on the progress already made to support Bexley’s young people.”

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