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Young people in Stoke on Trent are being given a unique opportunity to join a training initiative to help kick-start their career this summer.

Those aged 16 to 18 years will have the opportunity to undertake a six-week Summer Traineeship programme in Business Administration or Engineering, leading to apprenticeships with local employers, which is being delivered by Stoke on Trent College in collaboration with several companies in the city.

The Summer Traineeship programme, which will run from 27th July to 4th September,  will give those with little or no work experience, who are unemployed and do not have a Level 3 qualification (two A-Level equivalents), the opportunity to gain employability skills and valuable work experience, as well as support with English and maths.

For the first three weeks of the course candidates will undertake work preparation skills, gaining business sector knowledge. Weeks 4 to 6 of the programme will be carried out as a work placement with a local employer.

Each participant will also receive £30 a week to cover expenses and a free bus pass for the duration of the scheme.

Lisa Davies, Recruitment Manager at Stoke on Trent College, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people in the area who are looking to get that first foot on the career ladder and gain employment.

“At the end of the Summer Traineeship programme individuals will be better placed to move into employment. We will work with the candidates to help support their progression into paid Apprenticeship opportunities or other training programmes.”

Companies involved in scheme include Barkers Engineering, Blue Arrow, Euro Axles Ltd, Sodexo and RJ Lift Services Ltd.

Mrs Davies continued: “We are very fortunate to have the support of leading local employers who are incredibly keen to give young people in the area the opportunity to gain employment and get ahead.”

Neil Wilby, Divisional Director at Blue Arrow, said: “Blue Arrow are delighted to support this initiative alongside Stoke on Trent College. Young People deserve the best possible start to their careers, similarly local businesses are in need of well trained and competent individuals who can lead their organisations in the future. This scheme will therefore provide excellent opportunities for all who take part.”

Applications for the Business Administration or Engineering Traineeship Scheme close on Monday, 20th July.

Anyone wishing to find out more should visit www.stokecollege.ac.uk/traineeships, call 01782 603603 or email jobshop@stokecoll.ac.uk.

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