A GROUP of young unemployed people from Blyth have been given a foot in the door in the form of construction site health and safety training.
The eight 16 to 25-year-olds will also get a week’s work experience with McLaren Construction’s building site in Blyth’s Regent Street.
The company, which is building the new Morrison’s supermarket, paid £1,000 to put the young people, from Silx Teen Bar’s 1st Step session, through a health and safety course which will enable them to work on construction sites.
Site manager David Moroney said: “Having started my career as an apprentice joiner I appreciate the importance of getting that first opportunity.
“McLaren Construction register all projects with the Considerate Constructors Scheme, which promotes an improved image and community engagement.
“With a £1,000 donation, eight unemployed young people have undertaken Construction Skills Certification Scheme training which will be followed by one week’s on site experience.
“This qualification and experience could potentially open the door to a permanent position, I wish them all the best of luck.”
Senior youth worker Jackie Long said: “This is a great opportunity for the young people, will hopefully lead to part time or full time employment.”
The free 1st Step sessions run three days a week support unemployed people aged 16 to 25.
For more information, call (01670) 351356.