Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Good for Employers and Staff

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Good for Employers and Staff

Article excerpt

FUTURE Strategies Consulting (FSC) is passionate about giving young people a chance as being without employment is especially damaging for them.

The company believes it can make a difference to the lives of young people and their families by filling the skills gap.

Its core business focuses upon improving people's work skills to better their employability and future prospects.

It aims to do this by having an approach that fits around the employer and the learner.

Through an innovative and exciting partnership with Derwentside College, Future Strategies Consulting now offers two initiatives aimed at supporting people into work.

For 16 to 18-year-olds it offers a 12-week pre-apprenticeship course where young people can gain the work skills required before gaining employment.

As part of the pre-apprenticeship programme, candidates will work toward a range of qualifications including: work skills, managing money and finance and customer services.

Candidates receive a bursary payment while on programme and those candidates successfully completing specific milestones during the course will be rewarded with a provisional driving licence, theory testing and up to five one-hour driving lessons to help prepare them for their future career.

Scott Baird is an apprentice who started his career on the FSC pre-apprenticeship academy and was offered a position at Diamond IT (IT support and consultancy who provide small to medium sized businesses with a wide range of support and services).

Scott is currently working towards a level 2 ITC Telecoms Professional apprenticeship. Scott said: "The academy was a great experience and the support I was given was of a good standard. The recruitment service gave me great support and I was given help with my interview techniques before I went to interviews. …

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