Young people in the North East and employers have a wealth of information at their fingertips with North East England Chamber’s ‘Great Reasons to Build Your Career in North East England updated campaign. Developed in partnership with Nifco UK, it now features careers in the construction sectors as well resources for schools and colleges to use in careers advice activities.
To celebrate National Careers Week (5th – 10th March 2018) and National Apprenticeship Week (5th – 9th March 2018), members of the North East England Chamber of Commerce have been sharing details of the career opportunities on offer in their businesses, and inspirational case studies featuring apprentices and former apprentices.
Frances Hoy, HR Manager at Nifco UK, said: “National Apprenticeship Week is a great platform on which to promote all things careers, apprenticeships and engagement. Careers advice in schools is of vital importance to our young people, and at Nifco we see our engagement with schools and colleges as a key opportunity to raise awareness of the career prospects we have here – of which there are so many – and how to access them.
“We have campaigned on this issue in partnership with the Chamber, and with the Esh Group’s Building My Skills programme, but we recognise there is much more to do. It is the responsibility of business to work with education to open doors, and support teachers in raising the aspirations of the next generation of employees, managers and business leaders.”
75,000 people work in the construction sector in the North East. In the 2016/17 academic year, there were over 2,300 construction apprenticeships started in the North East, an increase of 19% on the previous year.
John Sayers, Managing Director at construction firm Hodgson Sayers, said: “It is important we train youngsters from the local area and provide them with full time employment at the end of their apprenticeships. It takes time and dedication from both the apprentices and employer to achieve a strong working relationship. All our apprentices have been willing and eager to learn the trade and we are proud to see them develop.”
The digital and creative sector in the North East is one of the fastest growing in the country, with over 28,000 people employed in its software and technology sector and over 15,000 people employed in creative industries.
Tony Brown, Commercial Director of metrology software products ltd (MSP), said: “MSP works with local schools, and universities with an aim to promote a positive view of engineering careers to young people. MSP offers a range of activities including University bursary scheme, hands-on practical work experience and engineering talks. We believe this engagement is vital in supporting their skills and experiences in their future careers.”