Training scheme could get young people onto career ladder

One of AIS's welding trainees hard at work. Pic: Doug Pittman.
One of AIS's welding trainees hard at work. Pic: Doug Pittman.
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Young people from South Tyneside are being offered the chance to sign up for a new training scheme which could help them get their first step on the career ladder.

Industry training specialist AIS is offering 30 places to youngsters aged between 16 and 18 living in South Tyneside.

The unique training programme could lead to full-time paid work, a traineeship or an apprenticeship.

The fully-funded AIS Connect scheme lasts for up to 20 weeks and includes skills such as electrical and mechanical engineering, welding and scaffolding, plus a day a week work experience.

Youngsters will be trained in AIS’s state-of-the-art industrial training village in North Shields, which stretches over two acres and includes specialised centres for skills including engineering, rope access, rigging and lifting and offshore survival.

AIS marketing executive Janelle Kinsey said: “Our Connect programmes prepare young people for the workplace by giving them a strong work ethic and the sought-after skills that employers need.

“We have an unrivalled track record of helping people progress their careers as we commercially train 17,500 people every year from all over the world and know what employers want.

“We now plan to use this extensive expertise to help youngsters from South Tyneside and urge anyone interested to get in touch.”

AIS is inviting youngsters and their families to an open evening at Ocean Road Community Centre on Tuesday, April 26, between 6pm and 8pm to find out more about the programme.

For more information contact 0191 3140250 or email traineeships@ais-connect.co.uk