Pic Caption (l-r) runner-up Cameron Cadman, 14, Foundation for Jobs co-ordinator Owen McAteer, Isabel Appleby, 14, with her winning design, STEM teacher Dennis Kwok and runner-up Chloe Bushby, 13. Picture by Ian Lamming
A FANTASY games based company is inspiring a new generation with its involvement in Foundation for Jobs projects aimed at demonstrating the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) subjects to future careers.
AN apprentice outlined his experiences working for a leading engineering company ahead of an event designed to bring firms together with young talent.
Matthew Hiser, a second year apprentice at Cummins Engines in Darlington, was speaking at the launch of Foundation for Jobs Apprenticeship Event, which takes place in Darlington on September 19this year.
FOUNDATION for Jobs has won the backing of one of the UK’s most prestigious engineering bodies for its work with young people.
The Royal Academy of Engineering is to part fund the national award winning initiative which has worked with more than 6,000 young people in Darlington since its launch in 2012.
A LEADING community charity and a partnership of schools have pledged funding to ensure a national award winning initiative to tackle youth unemployment continues to flourish.
SINCE Foundation for Jobs was launched in April 2012 to tackle youth unemployment it has worked with more than 3,600 young people, aged up to 24, in Darlington.
They include 388 new apprentices, 2822 school age pupils building closer links with industry, 384 young people taking part in internships or eight-week work experience placements and 66 young people developing entrepreneurial skills.
SKILLS shortages are a major concern for the North-East’s engineering and manufacturers a conference heard.
Employers from across the region attended South West Durham Training’s (SWDT) Manufacturing in the North-East conference at Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, where they heard from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BiS), The Bank of England and Business Durham as well as James Ramsbotham, chief executive of the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC)
WITH a North-East university in the process of launching an eight week internship Owen McAteer looks at how SMEs can benefit from bringing a young graduate in to tackle a project.
Chris Goodyear turns on its head the traditional perception of an intern as a young graduate carrying out menial roles in a large company for no pay in the hope of landing a permanent job.
YOUNG workers in the energy sector can play the greatest role in influencing school pupils to consider the booming industry for a career a leading North-East figure said.
George Rafferty, chief executive of NOF Energy, the business support organisation for the region’s oil, gas, nuclear and offshore renewables, was speaking after research earlier this month showed almost 40,000 new jobs could be created in the UK oil and gas industry over the next two years, with many of those opportunities here in the North-East.
The recent Budget saw the Government commit a further £85m to The Apprenticeship Grant for Employers scheme (AGE) in 2014-15 and 2015-16.
Under the Age scheme employers which have not had an apprentice in the last 12 months can access a £1,500 grant for each young person aged between 16 and 24 they take on.
SINCE Foundation for Jobs was launched in April 2012 to tackle youth unemployment it has worked with more than 2,700 young people, aged up to 24, in Darlington.
They include 250 new apprentices, 2230 school age pupils building closer links with industry, 231 young people taking part in internships or eight-week work experience placements and 66 young people developing entrepreneurial skills.