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

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Kier North Tyneside invites unemployed residents to take part in training opportunities

Kier North Tyneside is inviting unemployed local residents to take part in a pre-employability training course, where they will gain valuable skills such as CV writing, submitting applications and interview techniques, which are designed to help them find employment. 

The first event is being held on Monday 26 November at Harvey Combe, Killingworth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE12 6UB where residents can find out more information about the course and complete an initial assessment. Successful applicants will be invited to take part in a two-week pre-employment course starting on Tuesday 27 November. Learners completing this will be awarded a BTEC qualification in work skills.

If they wish, after completing the course, learners will be able to start a tailored training schedule to develop skills such as plastering, plumbing and painting, and work towards the Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS) accreditation and competence in health & safety, construction operation and maintenance.

Kier regional director, Mike Furze, said: “With the economy recovering and unemployment falling nationally, the North East continues to struggle. The region has the highest unemployment rate in the UK - 2.8% higher than the UK average*. At Kier, we remain dedicated to providing valuable training opportunities to people in the North East to enhance their skills and give them the know-how and confidence to get back into work.”

Kier North Tyneside, which carries out repairs and maintenance services to around 16,000 social housing properties across the region on behalf of North Tyneside Council, is currently working with its supply chain to identify work opportunities and, while although job interviews cannot be guaranteed for those on the courses, Kier is keen to help local people take that first step on the road to a new career.

With 63% of its employees coming from the local area, Kier North Tyneside understands the importance of learning new skills and sharing best practice. Earlier this year, Kier began offering Skills for Life training opportunities in ICT, maths and literacy to its 460-strong workforce, union members and the community through its new learning centre launched in partnership with the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT).

Call Katrina or Sarah on 01332 40 60 40 to book your place on the course. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


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