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Corn Hall calls on Government to subsidise work experience scheme




A Diss arts venue has called on the Government to subsidise a scheme where young people would be able to gain workplace experience.

Lee Johnson, operations manager at the Corn Hall, has written to the Department for Education, urging it to pay organisations and businesses to employ students who have had a year deferred to give them real experience and job skills before going to university.

Mr Johnson said the scheme was necessary to offer direction to young people in Diss, many of whom have seen their careers derailed by the pandemic.

The Corn Hall Operations Manager Lee Johnson has sent a letter to the Government, urging them to pay for young people to gain work experience at the arts venue.
The Corn Hall Operations Manager Lee Johnson has sent a letter to the Government, urging them to pay for young people to gain work experience at the arts venue.

“We are all aware of the issues now facing prospective university students due to the A-level grading fiasco,” he said.

“Covid-19 has caused no end of turmoil, not just for students, but for everyone in every sector and from every walk of life.

“These young people, who had their lives mapped out, certainly for the next few years, will now be left feeling that they have no real direction.

“I’m not apportioning blame, but these young people need some sense of stability in their lives.”

Mr Johnson said that the Corn Hall, in St Nicholas Street, would be able to provide invaluable experience for young people looking to go into both hospitality and marketing.

He said: “Our areas of work are mainly hospitality, but we could also employ students who are waiting to start their business and accountancy courses, or students waiting to go to university to learn marketing.

“All this will help us help them and also mean that they can save some money ready for when they can start their university courses.”

Just as with other arts venues across the country, the Corn Hall has been devastated by the pandemic. It has been closed since March 20 and, due to social distancing guidelines, has seen its capacity slashed from 300 to 60.



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