A GROUNDBREAKING new scheme is coming to Hartlepool – offering people work experience and an Army boot camp.
The Ministry of Defence and a company called Kier Construction have teamed up to offer five weeks of work experience with local businesses for up to 30 Tees Valley residents.
The programme is open to anyone who is not in education, employment or training (NEET).
They will get to enjoy vocational training delivered by Hartlepool College of Further Education, and Hartlepool Training and Employment Services, as well as a week-long Army Reserve insight course.
That will be held at the Defence Training Estate at Wathgill Camp, in North Yorkshire, where people 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.
Now, officials from Kier and the MoD are looking for potential businesses to offer the placements and support the local community.
All businesses will be invited to an employer briefing day at the college on Friday, July 18 at 9.30am, where they will be briefed on the benefits of the scheme, how vocational training works and what can be expected from the programme.
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 and Jobcentre Plus, who deliver the government’s Work Programme in the region.
Terry Hanlon, Kier regional corporate social responsibility manager, said: “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.”
Gus Robinson Developments chairman, Dan Robinson, said: “After serving for 13 years in the military myself, I understand fully, the value that service-leavers can add to organisations. It’s important for other businesses to understand the unique skill-sets that these people bring with them.”
He said his company runs an apprenticeship and training programme, adding: “Working in conjunction with Kiers, I am therefore delighted to be able to offer this work experience and support such an important initiative.”
Contact Sergeant Major Hill on 07775 432266 / firstname.lastname@example.org or Terry Hanlon on 07875 995309 / email@example.com