Seven NEETs trainees fast-tracked into full-time jobs
Seven trainees who are not in education, training or employment (NEETs) have completed their training and are being fast-tracked into full-time work. They will be fixing water pipes, electricity cables or working on huge gas projects.
One of them is 17-year old Zoe Green, who is now working for United Utilities (UU), thanks to the NEETs scheme. Green said: “It offered me an experience that I could take and learn a lot from. I’m really pleased I took it as I’ve learnt a lot about myself and other people’s strengths and weaknesses.”
UU volunteered to set up and lead the initiative as it is setting the pace among utility providers in getting the young unemployed into work.
The UK's largest listed water utility group is leading eight major utilities including Scottish Power, Amey, E.ON UK and Siemens on five pilot projects in Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, Liverpool and Manchester.
Prime minister David Cameron unveiled the NEETs scheme during a visit to UU in July. The scheme targets the North-west’s most deprived areas and provides apprenticeships, careers advice, training support and work placements.
The North-west has the third largest number of NEETs in the UK 16.3% of the UK’s 136,000 NEETs. Its £115M budget comprises £33M from the government and £82M from employers.
Sally Cabrini, UU business services director, said: “We proposed a pilot as an experiment but it’s been fantastically successful and it’s all down to the participants. I’m thrilled and delighted we have this scheme up and running and I’m extremely proud of all those who have graduated. I’m looking forward to hearing how they progress in the future.
“We’ve got high hopes for the other young people waiting to hear back from job applications and interviews. We wish them all the best.”
Michael Davis, CEO of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, said: “For sustained growth it is vital that employers take a lead in the skills agenda, and that this is enabled by government. The Energy and Efficiency Industrial Partnership is an encouraging example of how employers collaborate across the sector to tackle skills challenges.
“This pilot in particular demonstrates the results that can be achieved when employers work together and take ownership of the issue.”
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