Two hundred people are set to get a foot on the careers ladder thanks to a new Hartlepool apprenticeship programme.
Pro-active Training expects to take on at least 200 apprentices over the next 12 months with the guarantee of an apprenticeship after just 12 weeks if youngsters meet the necessary standards.
The construction industry is vital to this area and it’s important that we have people with the right skills and commitment which are key to our future prosperityKevin Cranney, chair of Hartlepool Council’s Regeneration Services Policy Committee
The company, which also specialises in health and safety training, has converted a disused factory unit as its base on the town’s Park View Industrial Estate, off Brenda Road. It was due to be officially opened today.
Pro-active Training work in partnership with Hartlepool-based Brickwork Services Ltd – a major supplier of bricklayers to construction companies throughout the North-East.
Brian Hanson, director with Pro-active Training, said: “The majority of people who come to us are unemployed and between the age of 16 and 18. Most have never worked before. Our apprentices receive high quality training to achieve their NVQ level 2 and following an intense one year programme, most of them are ready for work.”
Mr Hanson said that the bricklaying apprenticeships have also attracted a number of young women.
Steve Willis, chief executive of Brickwork Services, added: “The construction industry has suffered an acute shortage of qualified bricklayers in recent years and this has been primarily due to a lack of apprentices coming into the industry over the last decade. Young people are not being trained here just for the sake of it. We are offering people the opportunity of real jobs in an industry that can continue to lead the North-East and the UK as a whole out of the recent recession.”
Coun Kevin Cranney, chair of Hartlepool Borough Council’s Regeneration Services Policy Committee will be given a tour of the facilities before cutting a ribbon to declare the building officially open.
He said: “I am a big believer in apprenticeships and it’s great to see Hartlepool-based firms creating exciting job opportunities for local people. The construction industry is vital to this area and it’s important that we have people with the right skills and commitment which are key to our future prosperity.” The Hartlepool Mail first revealed the plans for the new apprentice training programme in July.
At the time, Mr Willis told how the construction industry could be as much as 50 per cent short of the workforce it needs to cope with the demands of building projects.