Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Step Up to Work

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Step Up to Work

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Byline: Ian Mcneal

Unemployed youngsters are being offered the chance to get a job and gain a qualification in a new training scheme.

Middlesbrough-based training firm IMS UK places young people aged 16-21 in manufacturing work while they study for a Foundation Modern Apprenticeship.

The pilot project is IMS's first working solely with the unemployed.

Candidates on the course carry out two weeks of pre-employment training at IMS before joining a local company.

And over the next ten weeks, they then work at a firm from Monday to Thursday while continuing their studying on a Friday at IMS.

On completion of the 12 weeks training, trainees are guaranteed to be taken on by employers.

Chris Ritchie, of IMS, said: "Those taking part are getting a full-time job and education at the same time.

"For many of them it will be the first step on the ladder in the world of work.

"They come to use, get a qualification and a job."

Among the manufacturers IMS is working with include food, glass, circuit board and plastics manufacturers. …

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