The young people were selected out of 90 applicants for the
programme and will now go forward for interview for live
Apprenticeship vacancies from 35 employers in the engineering and
manufacturing sectors including Hi-Q, Shield Engineering, Ralph
Scott and Blyth Service Station.
The Apprenticeship vacancies are linked to a £11.75m funding pot
awarded to Northumberland development company, Arch, from the
Government's RGF fund to make £15,000 available to qualifying
The successful group undertook a week of practical training to
develop essential skills in health and safety and environment
awareness at the college's Ashington campus. They were also put
through their paces with visits to four business sites in their
Lisa Waller, Training Operations Manager at Zenith People, said:
"We were delighted to be awarded the contract by Arch which has
enabled us to partner with Northumberland College. We have a proven
track record delivering intensive Pre-Apprenticeship training that
is based around the idea of providing young people with recruitment
skills, sector knowledge and work readiness, before matching them
to apprenticeship opportunities. These young people have met
business leaders and were given the opportunity to put the
practical skills they developed on this programme into practice,
which is a good learning experience for them."
Jacqui Henderson, Chair of Governors at Northumberland College
who was guest speaker at the graduation ceremony, said: "Everyone
who successfully completed this two week programme has received a
Level 2 certificate in Industrial Environment Awareness and a
guaranteed interview with local employers and I wish them every
success for the future."
Rebbeca Hunter, 16, from Lynemouth, said: "When I found out I
had been accepted onto this two week programme I was really excited
and to know I'll get an Apprenticeship soon is amazing."
Following interviews the group will take up paid employment as
an Apprentice and begin a three year Level 3 Apprenticeship at the
college where they'll attend one day per week and study in the
college's industry standard engineering workshops.
Lisa Mood, Business Development and Employability Manager at
Northumberland College, said: "The key success of this programme it
that it has increased understanding of the industries amongst these
young people and will help to give them an increased chance of
sustained employment because of this understanding prior to
commencing their Apprenticeship."
Zenith People has a proven track record in recruitment across a
broad range of sectors within the North East.
Northumberland College, which is the largest training provider
in the county, offers over 40 Apprenticeship courses and recently
received its best ever Ofsted result. The college also works with
more than 700 businesses across the region.
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