Thursday, 13th July 2017

South Tyneside College has partnered with South Tyneside Homes (STH) to run a new 24-week training course which supports demand for recruits into the booming construction sector.

Ambitious youngsters seeking new skills will gain high-quality classroom instruction and invaluable on-the-job work experience from the traineeship programme.

The traineeship, which starts on Monday, September 4, features construction services skills, including painting, plaster repairs and tiling.

It also focuses on environmental services, such as horticulture and duties with Handy Estates, STH’s specialist neighbourhood clean-up team.

The training route provides essential skills that help people progress onto an apprenticeship, further training or a job.
On completion, participants are guaranteed an interview with STH, which could see them move on to its own apprenticeship programme.

The programme is among a range of short-taster traineeships run by South Tyneside College which are designed to provide learners with experience and work-ready skills.

Those interested in applying for the course can do so now.

Julie Sloanes, Assistant Principal at South Tyneside College, said: “This traineeship helps to bridge a current skills gap in the construction sector.

“Construction is an industry experiencing a high level of demand, such as in housebuilding, and new recruits are needed to meet this upsurge.

“South Tyneside College specialises in providing a wide range of apprenticeship and traineeship programmes that target the skills people need to make successful careers within the modern jobs’ market.

“Trainees on this new programme will acquire a mix of valuable construction skills and high-quality work experience that will enable them to progress their career in this important sector.”

Gary Kirsop, Director of Operations for South Tyneside Homes: “Through this partnership with South Tyneside College, we are developing skills for young people that are essential to supporting the local and regional economy.

“The Construction and Area Management sectors are enjoying a boom, due mainly to new house building programmes, with many opportunities for training and employment.

“South Tyneside Homes has many opportunities to support young people in meeting their skills’ needs, and this traineeship is a positive addition to that.

“I would urge those looking to take their next step in training to find out more about this tremendous opportunity.”
Trainees will spend one day a week at South Tyneside College’s Westoe campus in St George’s Avenue, South Shields, and four days with STH.

Included in the package is functional English and maths, and participants may be involved in additional non-qualification learning, such as grounds maintenance, recycling or landscaping.

On completion, they gain a Level 1 Certificate in Construction Trade Occupations.

STH will provide course supervision and assessors to deliver and assess practical elements of the qualification, with English and maths, employability and theory being delivered by the college.

South Tyneside College’s traineeships are collaborations between the college and employers which guarantee six weeks of work experience in subjects which include engineering, hairdressing, and hospitality and catering.

Working with employers, the college also delivers skill-enhancing apprenticeships in subjects including accounting, business administration, health and social care, and sport.

More information on the construction traineeship is available by contacting Lynn Lincoln at South Tyneside College on 0191 427 3500.