Young people interested in a career with Nissan are being offered the chance to look around the car manufacturing giant’s Wearside plant to help encourage the next generation of skilled workers.
There are bright prospects for youngsters in the region’s expanding automotive sector, according to Nissan.
The Sunderland-based company has been investing heavily in new models, new technologies and expanded production and need to introduce young people to cope with heavy demands on the industry.
Nissan teamed up with training organisation, the NAC Group, to launch the YES (Youth Evolution Scheme) traineeship programme, specifically tailored to meet Nissan’s requirements.
The first YES programme has now finished and has proved a success with 25 out of 26 trainees who completed work experience, gaining full-time work or an apprenticeship within the plant.
The scheme, which involves eight weeks’ on-the-job work experience, is open to anyone aged 16 to 18 who has qualifications below Level 3, and is not in education, training or employment.
As a first step, young people who are interested in a career with Nissan are being asked to have a look around the Sunderland plant.
The Nissan Experience Tour, which is due to take place every week in March, will explain what happens on-site.
It will also show the range of jobs available and the kind of working environment that trainees might expect to find themselves in.
Paul Robson, managing director of the NAC Group, said: “Many young people who are applying for jobs find that they are in a Catch 22 situation.
“They need to show employers that they have experience in the workplace, but they cannot get into the workplace where they could gain that experience.
“The YES traineeship overcomes this problem by combining off-the-job training with a period of real work in the Nissan plant.
“The Nissan Experience Tour and the YES traineeship programme are just two examples of the innovative approaches that the NAC Group and Nissan are taking to attract young people into the industry.
“A continuing supply of skilled and enthusiastic new workers is vital to the future success of this key industry in the North East.”
Nissan has recently invested £534,000,000 into its Sunderland plant, making it the biggest employer in the North East with over 7,000 employees.
The factory works 24 hours a day with one car coming off the production line every 61 seconds.
To book a place on the tour, contact Jenny on 0191 418 4013.