09 February 2012>
Six young people from the Caerphilly county borough are on the path to employment thanks to a successful training scheme run by The Prince's Trust Cymru and Caerphilly county borough council.
The trainees have completed a vocational training course called 'Get Into Hospitality' aimed at giving young people who are work-ready the opportunity to develop vocational skills and experience.
The group were invited to the Gateway Business Centre in Tredomen this week to receive their certificates from Cllr James Fussell, CCBC Cabinet member for Human Resources.
The trainees took part in a 2 week course split up into a week of training followed by a week of work experience in a council-run facility. They had the opportunity to learn real-life job skills as well as key subject areas such as manual handling, team building, health and safety, food hygiene and first aid.
Cllr James Fussell said, "I'm delighted to present these young people with their certificate and I hope this experience will lead to real employment opportunities for the group. They have shown commitment and from what I have heard they have also been a real pleasure to work with. The course has allowed them to gain the necessary skills to move forward with their studies or within a work environment."
Daniel Clark, aged 16 from Fleur-de-lys said, "I have had the most enjoyable two weeks of my life, everyone has been so friendly and I have learned a lot, I would like to get a job in catering after these past few weeks."
Lowrie Thomas, 16, from Caerphilly added, "I would have wasted the past two weeks if I hadn't have come on this course, instead I have learned new skills made friends and as a result I am looking to enrol in college in September."
Rick Libbey, Director of The Prince's Trust Cymru, said: "We run the 'Get Into' programme, in partnership with employers, to give young people who are work-ready a helping hand by giving them a mix of vocational skills, practical training and hands-on experience, then supporting them as they look for work. Last year, more than three in four young people supported by The Trust moved into work, education or training."
This week is National Apprenticeship Week (6- 10 February) and Caerphilly county borough council recently announced that it has to date offered placements to over 100 young people thanks to half a million investment in an ambitious new apprenticeship scheme.
Cllr James Fussell added, "We are delighted to have reached this impressive milestone of offering 107 young people the opportunity to learn new skills with the council. They are getting the chance to gain valuable experience thanks to this excellent scheme as we want them to have the best chance of gaining real employment for the future."
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