YOUNG apprentices look to have a bright future after taking part in a training programme in partnership with their local football team.
Hartlepool teenagers Shaun Roberts, Lewis Watson and James Kaye, all 18, have been studying on a fibre optics and telecommunications programme held in conjunction with Hartlepool United and Cablecom.
The trio have now been offered employment with Cablecom and they were congratulated on their success by Pools midfielder Antony Sweeney.
It comes as a boost after the Mail revealed yesterday how unemployment in Hartlepool rocketed last month and the town has the third highest proportion of 18 to 25-year-olds claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in the country.
Cablecom, a Stockton-based training firm, is running the free course, which is designed to provide a recognised qualification for the telecoms industry.
It is the fastest growing industry in the UK and the scheme aims to give unemployed young people an opportunity to gain valuable skills and knowledge to give them a boost in searching for employment.
Cablecom took over the running of courses at Pools’ study centre, after the previous community training venture ended when Government funding stopped.
Shaun, a former Dyke House Sports and Technology College student, and former Brierton Community School pupils Lewis and James have passed City and Guilds exams in fibre optics, health and safety and data.
Shaun, from the Dyke House area, said: “I’m really enjoying it and hopefully I will end up working in the fibre industry.”
Cablecom’s business development director Roy Fraser, who is from Hartlepool and a regular at Pools games, said: “These three apprentices have everything going for them.
“On the news on Wednesday, we saw all the doom and gloom in Hartlepool, but these lads have joined our training course and from that have received great opportunities.”
Sweeney said: “I think with the whole situation across the country, with people struggling to get work and Hartlepool as one of the worst-hit, anything the club can do to help, in partnership with Cablecom, to get people into work is a major plus.”
Hartlepool United chief executive Russ Green said: “I think it’s a great idea.
“We are looking at a long-term solution to get people back into work in a football environment.”