A Hartlepool training centre that is helping to drive down youth unemployment in the region is celebrating the success of its construction apprentices.
Pro-active Training on the Parkview Industrial Estate currently have 140 young people placed with businesses across the Tees Valley and County Durham working towards NVQ level 2 qualification in joinery, brickwork and groundwork.
And they are offering 65 more young people the chance to join them at the end of August and begin their journey into the industry on a 12-week course.
Training coordinator Ashleigh Edwards said: “We currently have 140 students on apprenticeship programmes working towards Level 2’s in Brickwork, Groundwork and Joinery and we are offering 65 16 to 18-year-olds the opportunity to train with ourselves from August for 12 weeks on a traineeship programme to prepare them to move into apprenticeships across the construction sector.
“During the 12 weeks the young people will be taught the basic skills required to work in construction along with health and safety training and undertake CSCS tests.”
Pro-active Training launched in 2014 as an organisation offering apprenticeships across the construction sector with the aim of becoming a leader in vocational construction training in the North East.
In 2016 they were named Most Promising New Business at the Hartlepool Business Awards.
The company offers traineeships alongside both Level 2 and 3 apprenticeships in bricklaying, joinery and general construction to either prepare a young person for the workplace or to or to complement their experience in it.
Ashleigh added: “Over the first three years of trading Pro-active have worked with over 200 young people and has an excellent achievement rate.
“The training centre based in Hartlepool is particularly aimed at those looking to learn a construction trade and provides a 16,000 square foot training area to allow for practical activity and several classrooms for theory-based learning.”
Last month, the centre held a successful open day when young people got the chance to try their hand at bricklaying, joinery and groundwork.
Hartlepool has the highest percentage of young people starting apprenticeships in the Tees Valley.