Training scheme to help adults up-skill
A TRAINING organisation is tapping into new ideas to help up-skill employees and develop paths to help people get into work.
Humber Engineering Training Association (Heta), which has recently opened a training rig to give apprentices a skills boost, is now looking to attract more adults into the organisation.
The charity, which is based on Sutton Fields Industrial Estate, in east Hull, is a not-for-profit organisation that provides support and training for the engineering sector through training apprentices and adults.
Having already built up a good reputation for training apprentices, Heta is now hoping to attract more adults and, according to marketing and communications manager James McIntosh, it is the first in the city to launch a new City & Guilds course.
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The combined course, which is called the 23945, is for electricians and is ideal for those looking to up-skill.
Mr McIntosh said: "We will be the first organisation in Hull to set this course off.
"It is ideal for people out of work looking to up-skill and make themselves more employable."
Heta also offers another City & Guilds course – the 17th edition.
Mr McIntosh said: "Adult bespoke training is an expanding market – the companies are always approaching us.
"It is all about up-skilling. There are people out of work at the moment and they need to develop more skills."
As well as developing the programmes for adult education, this year, the company took on 80 apprentices – the largest amount it has ever taken at any one time.
As the apprentices get under way with their studying, Heta is urging more companies in the region to sponsor these young people.
The apprentices join the programme for four years. The first year is spent at Heta and the next three will be based within a company, which sponsors them.
Mr McIntosh said: "We started with 24 unsponsored apprentices this year and we are already down to 14 but we are looking for more businesses to sponsor an apprentice so they can join a company for the next stage of their apprenticeship.
"The key thing we are looking for is companies that want to invest in local people.
"There is a skills gap and it is difficult to get skilled people these days, so an apprentice is a fresh start."
Mr McIntosh also highlighted the detrimental effect businesses leaving Hull can have on the region's young people.
He said Kimberly-Clark, which plans to close its Barton factory, used to take on an apprentice each year from Heta.
He said: "We need to retain our local talent. Sometimes this bad news can have a knock-on effect and young people will leave to go elsewhere.
"The more companies that leave, the more it will have an adverse effect on the young people.
"Companies need to be aware of what's going on the area and invest in the young people's future."