Training boost for Tyneside NEETS



Eleven young people from the North East have completed a training and work experience programme aimed at helping them to find employment.

Led by Northumbrian Water and Siemens, supported by the Energy & Utility Skills Group, the programme is aimed at helping people aged 16 to 24, who are not in education, employment or training (NEETs).

The ten-week programme, which saw all 11 complete the programme, is the second such joint activity, following a similar initiative in 2015. Six of the ten young people who took part in the Autumn programme have already gone on to find employment.

The group spent time working with and in a variety of departments at both companies, supporting their development of skills and workplace behaviour, as well as receiving training in areas that included first aid and CV writing.

The 11 young adults, from across Tyneside, were hosted at Siemens’ Newcastle operations, with Northumbrian Water’s team helping to deliver training.

The most recent Government figures showed 16.1% of the UK’s NEETs aged 16 to 24 were in the North East, in the fourth quarter of 2015. Northumbrian Water has a programme of activity to support education and employability, which reaches around 240 different educational organisations in the North East, providing training, learning materials and high quality experience.

The company is also aiming to recruit 60 apprentices over the next five years.

Sophie Pickup, Learning and Development Manager at Northumbrian Water said: “As a major employer in the North East, many of us at Northumbrian Water are keen to support young people to find meaningful employment, we do this in many different ways and between us have contact with thousands of young people each year. The opportunity to work in partnership with Siemens, supported by the Energy & Utility Skills Group, and to have more of an impact together has been very rewarding for everyone involved.”

“The great majority of the young adults on the programmes have demonstrated their commitment and enthusiasm to work. It has been a real privilege to work with them. We wish all of them the very best of luck in the future. We look forward to working with more young people in a variety of ways throughout 2016 and beyond.”

Graham Hartley, Managing Director, Siemens Newcastle said: “We’re delighted to support this programme. There are a range of benefits, not just for those young people who took part in the scheme, but also for those Siemens and Northumbrian Water employees who acted as mentors and managers for these young people.

“With youth unemployment growing, schemes like this give young people the opportunity to get experience and skills in a real working environment.”

For media information, contact Paul White on 0191-3015325.

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