One of the biggest employers in East Yorkshire and one of the UK’s leading trade unions have given their backing to a traineeship scheme which aims to help young people bridge the gap between school and apprenticeships.
Cranswick Plc and the GMB union were joined by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in endorsing the scheme which has been developed by Humberside Engineering Training Association (HETA).
Kishor Tailor, the LEP’s Chief Executive, said the scheme gives all of the partners an opportunity to support businesses in the Humber region by improving employability and producing young people who are ready for work.
He said: “We are in a global competition when we are trying to bid for new business in our patch so let’s work together and make it happen. One of our biggest challenges is about our image in the Humber, to get new employers and businesses here, create more jobs here and get people to come and live here. You talk to businesses who have grown up here and they are passionate about the place. They don’t want to go anywhere else.
“But businesses tell us that skills and employability are big issues. If you can’t get people to turn up on time and show motivation they are not going to get the jobs. This collaboration between HETA and the GMB addresses that.”
During the six-month course trainees spend one day a week with an employer and then complete a three-week work placement. Many secure apprenticeships with employers before the end of their programme.