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North Tyneside needs you!

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Published by Rebecca Jackson for Kier Services in Communities and also in Housing

Kier North Tyneside and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) are calling on local businesses to provide work experience as part of a groundbreaking new programme to encourage local unemployed residents into work.

The programme will offer five weeks of work experience with local businesses for up to 30 North Tyneside residents who are not in education, employment or training (NEET), as well as vocational training delivered by Tyne Met College.

The work experience and training will be combined with an Army Reserve insight course at the Defence Training Estate at Otterburn in Northumberland. During this week-long residential programme, participants will develop their teambuilding, leadership and communication skills under the watchful eye of Sergeant Major Mark Hill, the Army’s youth engagement officer for the north-east.

Each trainee will receive experience in the workplace, a guaranteed interview and could see potential apprenticeship placements or job offers as a result. Kier and the MoD are looking for potential businesses to offer these placements and support the local community.

All businesses will be invited to an employer briefing day at Tyne Met College, Battle Hill Drive, Wallsend, NE28 9NL on Tuesday 8July at 11.30, where they will be briefed on the benefits of the scheme, how vocational training works and what can be expected from the programme.

As a minimum, all trainees will gain a Construction Skills Certificate Scheme card, as well as learning first aid, health & safety procedures, material handling, asbestos awareness and understanding personal protective equipment by the end of the course.

Sergeant Major Mark Hill said: “This is a great initiative that benefits everyone involved, but most importantly develops the life skills of young people so that they can more actively compete in the labour market.”

To recruit the trainees, the MoD and Kier have teamed up with employment and training provider Ingeus, who deliver the government’s Work Programme in the north-east.

Sergeant Major Hill continues: “Through this project the Army will have the opportunity to work with young people who are not in employment, education or training and highlight the opportunities available within the Army Reserve, as well as the chance to collaborate with employers.”

Terry Hanlon, Kier regional corporate social responsibility manager, said: “Kier North Tyneside is committed to providing employment opportunities to the local communities in which we work and this programme is a way of bringing different companies in the region together to tackle unemployment problems.

“We are aiming to provide a talent pool of people who are ready and willing to work, and have the ‘can-do’ attitude so desperately required by so many employers. We still need more local employers to offer placements and would urge them to come along on the 8th to discuss what placements or opportunities they can offer and see how this programme can benefit them as well as the local residents looking to get into work.”

Kier North Tyneside delivers repairs and maintenance to North Tyneside Council’s 16,000 housing stock and provides a design, build and maintenance service to schools and local authority buildings.

For information on how your company can get involved, contact Sergeant Major Hill on 07775 432266 / 15x-mci-yeo@mod.uk or Terry Hanlon on 07875 995309 / terry.hanlon@kier.co.uk

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