Hands-on learning provides skills for our future workforce
SIX young people have proved you don't need to go to university to get ahead in life after taking an alternative route into work.
North East Lincolnshire Council's Adult Community Learning Services (CLS), currently has six apprentices working in various departments, allowing them to get hands-on experience of the job and avoid spiralling degree costs and mounting graduate debt.
The aim is to provide these young people with the skills needed to secure future employment – a commitment that echoes the work of the Grimsby Telegraph's Your Life: Your Future campaign.
As reported, we are asking local employers to offer work experience and apprenticeships to local youngsters to help them take their first steps onto the career ladder.
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And North East Lincolnshire Council is in full support of this scheme.
Louis Cox, 17, of Grimsby, is working towards an NVQ level 2 in business and admin.
He began studying at Tollbar Sixth Form but, after a few months, decided to look for something else.
He said: "The academic route was not for me, so I began searching for something different.
"I came across the apprenticeship scheme with the council's CLS service and have not looked backed.
"I am working within their National Careers Service, booking appointments and taking on general admin duties.
"It is giving me experience for later life and I prefer learning hands-on."
Laura Revell, of Humberston, began her apprenticeship in September, working at Thrunscoe Community Learning Services creche.
The 17-year-old chose not to go onto college as she wanted to begin earning some money.
She said: "I have done work experience in schools before, which inspired me to want a career in a similar industry.
"I am aiming to gain my creche NVQ level 2 qualification and then hopefully go for my level 3."
Jack Lee, 17, of Humberston, is aiming for an NVQ level 2 in business administration.
He aspires to progress within the council to a full-time job where he can then go on to achieve a higher NVQ.
"I attended college for a year but realised it was not for me," he said.
"The apprenticeship is fantastic and I would encourage others to do it.
"The skills I will gain from this will also benefit my CV and will hopefully be attractive to future employers.
"I hope one day to be a business manager and this is the right start."
Susan Simpson, service manager for CLS, is proud of their previous success rate.
She said: "We took on seven apprentices in 2011 and we are pleased they are now all employed.
"Our latest apprentices will spend 12 months with us to gain their NVQ level 2 qualification.
"I think young people who have experience of a working environment will succeed in getting a job."
If your firm can offer a work experience placement or apprenticeship to a young person, please contact Dan Russell on 01472 372236 or e-mail email@example.com