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Trainees get introduction to the world of work

appr 1The latest batch of Pendleton Together trainees have been honoured at a special ceremony.

A group of youngsters were introduced to the world of work through a specially designed programme through Together Housing, Keepmoat and Salford City College.

Participants spend time in the classroom as well as on-site to prepare them for the world of work.

They then receive support to try and get an apprenticeship either with the partnership or elsewhere.

John Jordan, Together Housing Group Skills and Enterprise Coordinator, said: “In terms of the difference it makes to the individual young people, some have already got apprenticeships out of it, now we’ll continue to work with the rest of the group to enable them to get an apprenticeship, or get a start in a job.”

Allan Milne, Head of Work-based Learning/Apprenticeship Manager at Salford City College, said: “The college is absolutely passionate about traineeships.

“We see it as a great way to support young people to move into apprenticeship opportunities and as we’re aware apprentices are becoming much more prominent at the moment, particularly in Salford as we’re really trying to push and grow apprenticeships.

“Right from the beginning, we’ve worked interactively with Together Housing, Keepmoat and Connexions in terms of recruitment and support and that partnership goes from strength to strength.”

Apprentice Steven Roles, who has landed a job with MCT Joinery after coming through the traineeship programme, added: “I worked hard, showed I was willing to work and did everything I could and I finally got my apprenticeship in joinery.

“I would like to say thank to everyone involved – Pendleton Together Keepmoat and Salford City College.”

Cllr Paul Longshaw said: “I know a little bit about what the apprentices have gone through as I started out on a training scheme working as an apprentice plumber.

“That was 20 years ago but I never forgot the opportunity I had to start on the trainee scheme.”

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