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16-24s advised to attend college event to engineer their futures

16-24s advised to attend college event to engineer their futures  
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Northumberland College is urging young people aged between 16 and 24 to attend the Engineer Your Future Apprenticeship event that will take place at Ashington Campus on Wednesday 31st July and Thursday 1st August 2013.

The event has been organised in response to a recent successful launch amongst local businesses from the engineering and manufacturing sectors that is 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 employers and which has seen several businesses create new Apprenticeship vacancies as a result.

The two day event will see young people sign-up for a two week Pre-Apprenticeship training programme that the college has created in partnership with Zenith People.

Lisa Waller, Training Operations Manager at Zenith People, said: "We are advising anyone aged 16 to 24 who is interested in starting an Apprenticeship in the engineering and manufacturing sector to come along and sign up for our  2 week training programme. It's an aspirational programme and standards will be high, but the hard work will be worth it. Attendees will be introduced to employers who have live apprenticeship opportunities in roles ranging from engineering maintenance to manufacturing operations. 

"Everyone who successfully completes the 2 week programme will receive the certified EAL Level 2 qualification in Industrial Environment Awareness and a guaranteed interview with local employers, so it really is a great opportunity."

Apprenticeships are the ideal route to a nationally recognised qualification while learning on the job, getting paid and receiving training at college. Some apprentices attend college one day per week, but the college works flexibly with employers and their apprentices.

Lisa Mood, Employability and Business Development Manager, at Northumberland College said: "We have live vacancies from employers who are seeking to recruit apprentices now to help them grow and develop their businesses.

"As well as benefitting employers with their recruitment and selection of new talent, this Engineer Your Future programme will help young people enormously by giving them underpinning knowledge about the engineering and manufacturing sectors and preparing them to successfully tackle the recruitment process for an apprenticeship."

Zenith People has a proven track record with preparing young people for apprenticeships  across a broad range of sectors and helping employers to tap into the right young talent for their business.

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.

To register to attend the Engineer Your Future awareness session on Wednesday 31 July or Thursday 1 August please contact the Training Team at Zenith People on 0191 341 0291 or email