Young people in the region could be among the first to benefit from a new Government initiative designed to give them a strong chance of employment in the country’s growth industries.
Training provider MCQ, which operates from Newcastle, Middlesbrough and York, has received £1.2m of funding from a £20m pot to deliver the new Traineeship scheme, opening opportunities for 16 to 23-year-olds to work towards a career in the health and social care sector.
The Traineeship initiative offers up to six months’ work preparation, along with improving the participants’ skills in English and maths. At the same time, they will be given a work placement with the promise of a job interview at the end, and the option to either go on to an apprenticeship or employment.
Guy Saxton, quality improvement manager at MCQ, said: “It will really increase the employability of many 16 to 23-year-olds who might feel that, because of a lack of basic skills and qualifications, they have few prospects.”