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Chance for young people to engineer a job boost

TRAINING OFFER .... Robin Lockwood, left, chief executive of Seta, with Fiona Slater, chairman, and board member Andy Brown.

TRAINING OFFER .... Robin Lockwood, left, chief executive of Seta, with Fiona Slater, chairman, and board member Andy Brown.

A NEW training course aims to give young people in South Tyneside the chance to boost their employment prospects.

A free six-week-programme has been launched for 19-24 year-olds who are unemployed and seeking work.

The course is being run by Seta Ltd, based in Sedling Road, Wear Estate, Washington, and will give people the chance to learn a range of engineering and manufacturing skills, enhance their CVs and improve their interview techniques.

Those taking part will receive a Level 2 Award in Industrial Environment Awareness, a Level 1 Award in Employability and personal development and a practical engineering skills qualification.

The course has been paid for by South Tyneside Council and Adult and Community Learning and starts on June 16.

Attendance on the two-days-a-week course will not affect job seekers’ allowance payments.

Robin Lockwood, chief executive of Seta, said: “We are committed to delivering high-quality training provision to people who are unemployed and seeking work, and this course will help to improve their industry knowledge, work skills and life skills – making them more attractive to prospective employers.

“Anyone who undertakes this free course will taking a step towards a better future, and the programme will provide a valuable launchpad into a number of industry sectors, many of which, including engineering, are in desperate need of skilled workers on their doorsteps in the North East.”

He added: “We’d encourage unemployed 19-24-year-olds in South Tyneside to sign and give themselves a much better chance of getting a job.”

Seta is a not-for-profit training association and a registered charity. It was set up more than 40 years ago to meet the training needs of engineering businesses.

It provides training disciplines including mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, maintenance, hydraulics, fabrication, pneumatics and welding.

Anyone interested in attending the six-week training programme, should call 416 2860, e-mail: enquiries@seta.co.uk or visit www.seta.co.uk

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