At Newground Together we strongly believe in giving the young people in our communities an opportunity to improve their employment prospects. Our award winning Apprenticeship Programme is something we are extremely proud of. Over the past year 14 of our Apprentices have successfully completed the programme, gained qualifications and secured jobs, both within our organisation and some with external organisations.
Most of these young people started out with few or no qualifications but many have successfully overcome barriers and are now facing a bright future in their chosen career with a huge rise in their confidence levels and a greater sense of self esteem. They will now be able to contribute to their communities and support themselves and their families.
Part of this success is down to the pastoral mentors who work with them during their apprenticeship. These mentors support them with any issues they may have both in their working and personal lives. We recognise that in our diverse communities young people can be faced with many disadvantages in getting into meaningful work and often need a little extra support to help them sustain a good work ethic and develop necessary work skills.
At the beginning of their apprenticeship they are teamed up with excellent skilled tradesmen and women who help them develop the skills they need to succeed in their chosen career and we don’t insist they have obtained a set number of GCSEs before they start with us, we work with them to help them achieve maths and English qualifications during their apprenticeship. We also offer in-house training courses e.g. health and safety and equality and diversity.
The programme ensures individuals get the opportunity to meet other Apprentices through away-day events to help with team building skills and we support them to obtain grants from other external organisations like The Princes Trust to help obtain e.g. suitable office clothing for work. We also promote a “have a go” ethos by entering our Apprentices and Mentors into regional and national awards. Recently we have had one regional winner and three national winners!
Finally, through our financial awareness training and a course that covers “how to sustain positive relationships” we try to ensure that by the end of their apprenticeship our young people are fully equipped to support themselves and are more informed and aware of the challenges they will face in the future in both their working and personal lives.
We currently have 33 Apprentices on the programme in 2016-17. Hopefully, these young people will not only become our Managers of the future, they will also make good role models for others.
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