Grimsby joinery students learn the drill outside class with valuable work experience
STUDENT joiners will fit in valuable work experience to impress potential employers.
Well established firm Newby Leisure, on Bradleys Corner, Wilton Road Industrial Estate, Humberston, has teamed up with the Grimsby Institute for a year, giving 60 students an insight into their desired career.
The brand new partnership reiterates the message behind the Grimsby Telegraph's Your Life: Your Future campaign.
As reported, the initiative is encouraging employers to give young people work experience, so they can go on to paid employment.
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Newby Leisure, which manufactures and installs playground equipment across the country, is a family business that has been running for the past decade.
Brothers and directors of the company, Alastair and Neil Newby, believe their company is now big enough to move forward in this way.
Alastair said: "We know it is hard out there for young people to get jobs, so as a growing company we feel in a position to try to help.
"It is the first time we have done anything like this. Each student will be with us for at least a week.
"The Institute is providing us with a mixture of first, second and third year students – our aim is to find future employees out of it.
"We both agree that work experience is vital, not only for the individuals but for ourselves. For them it teaches time management, work ethics and dealing with responsibility.
"For us, it is an opportunity to asses and develop their skills."
The brothers are satisfied to be giving young people the chance of work as soon as they have left education.
Peter Mitchell, 16, was eager to take up the work experience offer. The first year Grimsby Institute student, said: "I wanted to challenge myself to see if joinery really is the career for me.
"You can learn plenty in a classroom but it is very different from actually working in the industry.
"It has been my first chance to obtain any work experience in a place where I would like to start a career."
Jordan Grant is in his second year at Grimsby Institute studying joinery and carpentry.
The 17-year-old said: "I think it is great that we can take opportunities up like this.
"Any work experience will look good on my CV but especially something that is within the field of work I want to do.
"Hopefully what I learn during my placement I can take back to the classroom to advance my studies."
Staff at Grimsby Institute are grateful to Newby Leisure for being prepared to accept young learners.
Dave Potts, Institute team leader in carpentry and joinery, said: "I think the confidence of employers taking on young learners is at an all time low, what we are doing now is very encouraging partnership work.
"It gives students that boost to know there are employers willing to give their time to them."