Apprentices Help To Spark Interest In Construction Careers
Published by Andrew Young for South Tyneside Homes in Housing and also in Communities
Apprentice Plumber, Joe Hockings talks to students at Hebburn Comprehensive School
Two apprentices working for South Tyneside Homes sparked interest in construction industry careers when they visited a local secondary school.
Apprentice Electrician, Drew Adamson (20), and Apprentice Plumber, Joe Hockings (17), spent time with year nine students at Hebburn Comprehensive School, offering advice and guidance on applying for apprenticeships with the housing company's Property Services Team.
The in-house team is responsible for maintaining and improving over 18,000 council homes in the Borough, including delivering parts of the Decent Homes Programme.
During the workshops, the apprentices and other representatives from South Tyneside Homes spoke to the group about the qualifications they would need to apply for an apprenticeship and the different career paths available. The students also tried their hand at working on an electrical socket and some pipework.
South Tyneside Homes is one of the UK's Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers and offer apprenticeships in five main trade areas - plastering, plumbing and gas fitting, joinery, painting and electrical.
Apprentices attend college on a day or block release to work towards achieving an NVQ Level 3 in their trade. They also work alongside experienced members of the team to learn skills on the job.
Mark Whittle, Director of Investment at South Tyneside Homes, said: "We are extremely proud of our award-winning apprenticeship programme and over the last six years we have trained 80 young people in the different trade areas. We are committed to trying to recruit our future apprentices from within South Tyneside and the event at Hebburn Comprehensive School gave us the opportunity to promote the fantastic career prospects and training we can offer to the workforce of tomorrow."
The workshop was part of a larger event organised by 'Made In South Tyneside' (MIST) - the education initiative delivered by South Tyneside Manufacturing Forum. 'Your Future, Your Choice' was designed to inspire and motivate Year 9 students to think about their futures before making GCSE subject choices.
A survey carried out last year identified the students' favourite school subjects, hobbies and career aspirations. MIST used this information to recruit organisations for the event, including South Tyneside College, South Tyneside NHS, British Gas and Tyne and Wear Museums.
Moira Shaftoe, Education Business Partnership Coordinator at MIST, said: "At the Forum we are committed to enabling young people to unlock their future potential by providing a platform for the local business community to energise, motivate and prepare them now for the jobs of the future."
"If anyone would like to discuss how they can work with us to share their knowledge and expertise to help inspire the future workforce, please contact me on 0191 427 2326."
Annette Spark, Careers Education Co-Ordinator at Hebburn Comprehensive School, added: "As a school we always try to make sure that the pupils gain the required knowledge that will allow them to choose their correct careers pathway. This workshop has allowed them to work closely with local businesses to help motivate them with their decision."