Advanced Skills Academy to tackle unemployment

Advanced Skills Academy to tackle unemployment

Hartlepool-based Hair, beauty & personal care distribution specialists, Advanced Retail Solutions, are aiming to tackle high unemployment in the region with the launch of a new Skills Academy.

Advanced Skills Academy, which will open its doors to the first cohort of learners on February 19, will be delivered in partnership with Hartlepool College of Further Education and Job Centre Plus.

The free Traineeship programme aims to provide skills to establish a stepping stone back into the world of employment. The primary focus is to distill a range of core professional skills across business administration, reception & customer service, retail operations, sales & marketing and telesales,

Delivered over a four week period, each candidate will receive training from experienced industry professionals across a multitude of disciplines.

Rob Collier, director of Advanced Retail Solutions, said: “We’re providing the ideal opportunity for those who are hungry for work and frustrated with the options bestowed upon them for change. We’re immensely passionate about supporting our local community and utilising our own success to provide a positive catalyst for change on a much wider scale.”

The diverse range of commercial skills developed at the Advanced Skills Academy will easily translate through to satisfy the needs and requirements of a wide variety of regional businesses, providing each candidate with a greater opportunity to gain genuine employment as a result.

Shaun Hope, head of student recruitment at Hartlepool College of Further Education, said: “It’s great to see a company of this stature adopting a proactive lead on regional unemployment, which will undoubtedly have a profoundly positive impact on the wider community. Hartlepool College of Further Education are proud to be a delivering partner of the Advanced Skills Academy. Reducing unemployment and increasing the economic growth and stability of the region is high on our College agenda.”

Rob Collier added: “Advanced Skills Academy are currently seeking the support and backing of like-minded regional businesses to help build a rich funnel of progression opportunities with a multitude of routes into direct employment or Apprenticeships. It’s an ideal extension to a standard internal recruitment process, providing vital insights into an individual’s performance in a live working environment, backed by trusted employer feedback. It removes an element of risk and affords those businesses who engage with the Academy the opportunity to recruit with confidence.”