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.
The 18-year-old told business leaders and teachers attending the launch at Darlington College that his apprenticeship had been a great experience so far.
Foundation for Jobs in Darlington has launched the event, in partnership with Newton Aycliffe based Go Ahead, which runs in-school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) activities, to enable companies in the fields of engineering, manufacturing, construction and STEM, which are expected to recruit apprentices to start work from June 2018 onwards to meet Year 11 pupils from schools and Year 13 pupils from sixth forms and colleges who are looking for such apprenticeships.
Hurworth School in Darlington delivers a GCSE (Double Award) in Engineering and the school’s head of design and technology Jamie Smith told the event about how inspired his pupils were to enter the sector. Mr Smith is himself a former sheet metal worker and plater who served his apprenticeship at Darchem Engineering at Stillington.
Dave Spensley, Go Ahead and former MD of Aycliffe Fabrications provided a company perspective on apprenticeships.
A Foundation for Jobs spokesman said: “Matthew, Jamie and Dave really brought home the advantages of all parties working together to ensure young people get opportunities with leading companies and that those companies have access to a pool of bright new talent.”
Foundation for Jobs is a joint initiative involving Darlington Borough Council, schools, colleges and The Darlington Partnership of private firms and public sector organisations, which has also enjoyed support from businesses and industrialists across the whole North-East region.
Since May last year The Royal Academy of Engineering has part funded the national award winning initiative, along with Darlington’s schools and the County Durham Community Foundation.
Its aim is to reduce youth unemployment by matching young people’s aspirations with those employment sectors which are vital to the North-East’s economy but which many young people are not pursuing because of incorrect perceptions of the type of work involved.
For more details contact programme manager Owen McAteer at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.foundationforjobs.co.uk