Electrical Students Are Buzzing

Mon, 09/10/2000 - 01:00

A group of Level 3 Electrotechnical Technology students from East Durham College’s new Technical Academy are buzzing at the prospect of starting their 10 week placement with one of the UK’s leading construction, repairs and maintenance providers Kier North Tyneside.

Following some depressing research from the GMB Union, which indicated that the North East is the worst region in the UK for youth unemployment with almost a third of people (30.9%) who are claiming unemployment benefit in the region being aged between 18 and 24, Kier North Tyneside decided to get involved with offering work placements to help students improve their skills and CVs ready for when they qualify and enter the tough jobs market.

The nine students from the Technical Academy will join Kier North Tyneside electricians to gain on the job experience during their training.

The trainees attended an introductory session on last Friday where they learnt about health and safety implications, were fitted for their PPE and briefed on what the placements would entail.

Kier North Tyneside Regional Director, Mike Furze, said: “Kier North Tyneside is committed to helping young people develop their careers in many different construction trades.

“The amount of young people out of work in the North East is increasing all the time and we need to invest in the future generation if we want to break the cycle of worklessness.

“We strive to make a positive contribution to the communities in which we work and are proud to be able to offer placement opportunities to local young people”.

The student trainees work experience will involved them shadowing Kier operatives and helping with completing repairs to council owned homes and buildings around the East Durham area.

East Durham College Business Manager, Barbara Archer, added: “We encourage all our students at the Technical Academy to take part in on the job work placements during their time with us. It helps them complete their qualification and get ready for employment.

“They are absolutely buzzing about getting the chance to go on a work placement with a firm of the stature of Kier. We are extremely grateful to Kier North Tyneside for the opportunities they are providing to our students”.

Kier Building Maintenance North recently donated several boilers and other training equipment to East Durham College’s Technical Academy to improve their training facilities and provide the students with practical experience of dealing with equipment.