Local service offers hope to youngsters

ER Training Services Bessingby Industrial Estate'Apprenticeship Scheme'PA1143-9e'Pat Elstob (senior instructor)
ER Training Services Bessingby Industrial Estate'Apprenticeship Scheme'PA1143-9e'Pat Elstob (senior instructor)

A TRAINING service is hoping to help local youngsters gain the skills needed to get themselves into further education or the world of work.

East Riding Training Services, based at Bessingby Industrial Estate and part of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, have been running for around 30 years in the town.

With youth unemployment at record levels, it is more important than ever to make sure young people in the area are given the opportunity to train for work.

Pat Elstob is Senior Instructor at the centre and said that the range of courses they offer help young people who may have had personal issues at school or college - as well as those with qualifications who are struggling to find work training, or apprenticeships.

Pat said: “We work in small groups of around 10, and because of that we can formulate individual learning plans for all the students. It isn’t like school or college, we get the kids involved in fun events like trips to places like Peat Rigg in Malton, where the youngsters do all sorts of challenges to get them working as a team.

“While we help those who may have had issues at school, those who already have qualifications are also encouraged to join the courses. They can go at their own pace and take exams when they are ready, it is much more flexible than school.”

The training centre also offers apprenticeships - for people of any age - in business administration, customer service, retail, team leading and IT.

“We have a register of people who are interested in finding an apprenticeship. We keep their details on file until something comes up and then we can match the right person with the job.”

Young people can join the Explore course at the centre - which offers Maths, English, employability, personal development and life skills lessons for 16-18 year olds.

The Future4U course, also for 16-18 year olds can help to improve your English and ICT skills, develop your personal skills and confidence and give youngsters a recognised qualification at the end of the course.

Young people can be entitled to a government bursary or an attendance allowance of £15 a week.

The training centre has places on all of its courses starting between now and January. To register, young people must live in the East Riding and be classed as NEET - not in education, employment, or training.

For more information, call 01262 674968 or text 07876 444768.