A NEW venture in North Tyneside is aimed at helping young people into a career in the built environment while supporting the growth of local businesses.
Known as 4041, it employs young people in construction and property maintenance trades including plumbing and heating services, electrical, bricklaying, joinery, painting and decorating, and fixes them up with temporary work.
In the current challenging economic climate, many of the region’s construction companies have been forced to lay off staff.
With that comes the loss of sector skills as experienced tradesmen find work elsewhere.
The people behind 4041 have worked with companies in these sectors for many years.
And they believe they have come up with a solution that will withstand the current financial climate while building skills within the region.
As those companies who have been affected by the downturn begin to secure new work, but don’t yet have the confidence to be able to make a commitment to creating full-time permanent jobs, working with organisations such as 4041 will go some way to helping them rebuild their businesses. Project manager Katie Moody believes this latest initiative will help address the continuing problem of retaining skilled people in the construction and property maintenance sectors.
She said: “We currently have a chicken and egg situation whereby young people need to find work but without experience that task is more difficult. Four zero four one offers a cost-effective supply and recruitment service for other employers who need a part-skilled worker.
“By appointing a young person from 4041, significant training costs will have been saved and that person is able to make a positive contribution from day one. Apart from assisting employers to get projects completed on time, taking on a 4041 employee will provide the satisfaction of knowing they have both helped a young person with career progression and played a part in retaining the skills within the region.”