Apprenticeships designed for prepare young people for the workplace are being offered in East Northants.
Lunar Training, based at Oundle Marina, has opened its doors provide apprenticeships in subjects including motor vehicle body repair, warehousing and storage, light vehicle maintenance and business administration, social media and marketing.
The new training centre has developed Gateway Apprenticeships which are Government-approved schemes for 16 to 25-year-olds not currently in education, employment or training (NEETS).
Latest figures from 2013 show that there were 1,029 NEETS in Northamptonshire.
The unique courses have been developed in consultation with employers in each specialised field.
They run over a period of 15 weeks, on a full time basis of 38 hours per week.
Multiple classes have a maximum of 10 students in each class to encourage team work whilst at the same time simulating the work environment.
They are completely free and transport can be provided to and from the Lunar Training campus.
After the course, the firm supports students to go on and find a full apprenticeship or new job.
The courses have been designed in response to employer feedback that says many young candidates enter the job market without any practical knowledge of how to work in a business.
Students gain subject-specific skills but also learn how to interview well. They are also encouraged to develop a strong work ethic.
Lunar Training’s teachers and trainers have commercial experience and understand what employers need, which they pass on to their students.
Lunar Training learning director Paul Kneeshaw said: “We are very excited to bring these new Gateway Apprenticeships to market. We believe they offer an important bridge between education and employment, equipping young people with the right skills to progress on to a full apprenticeship and to hit the ground running in their first jobs.”
Assistant head at Oundle’s Prince William School Graham Snelling, whose students have trained at Lunar, said: “Lunar staff have a real belief that students should work towards a career. They support students beyond what is expected of a normal vocational learning centre.”
Alan Winter, branch manager at DSV Solutions Ltd, said: “What makes Lunar Training different is the practical training they give students, which really stands out at interview and means they contribute immediately when they start work. The students have a great attitude and want to work hard and succeed.”
New Gateway Apprenticeships in warehousing and storage and motor vehicle body repair begin on April 22, with an initial four-day introductory taster week.
Anyone interested in finding out more should call Lunar Training on 0844 579 1094 or apply via the website www.lunartraining.co.uk.