Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Young People Given a Taste of Working Life

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Young People Given a Taste of Working Life

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COMPANIES based at the North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC), in Sunderland, have launched a scheme which allows them to add a young person to their workforce at no cost for up to 10 weeks, before having the option to take them on as an employee.

The BIC and Milltech, a training organisation based in Sunderland, have joined forces to create a project which allows young people who are currently undertaking NVQ courses to complete their qualification by being placed with local firms. Debra Robinson, human resources officer at the North East BIC, said: "Prior to their placement they have passed a fairly rigorous process where we confirmed their suitability to play a part within a functioning SME.

"This involved being interviewed by BIC management before working as an employee of the BIC for up to month where we assisted them in adjusting to a functioning office environment. Interviews were then arranged." Following this process, tenants based at the 14-acre BIC site are able to have the learners within their organisation for up to 10 weeks free of charge. …

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