Cash boost for training programme

A training scheme to help young people in Northumberland find work has been created thanks to a grant.

Training Academy North – a social enterprise creating training, learning and job opportunities – has been supported by £5,000 from the Coalfields Community Grant scheme.

The funding has supported the set-up of a training facility in south east Northumberland, which provides apprenticeships for young people aged 16 to 18.

The academy provides a full range of courses including IT, customer services, business administration, retail, hairdressing and beauty therapy. Extra support is provided for those who secure qualifications, assisting them with job searches and online applications.

Project co-ordinator Tracie Harrison said: “We are passionate about getting young people into work and more importantly giving them the skills they can rely on to have a successful career.

“The Training Academy North has become a lifeline for young people who want to learn but with a smaller, locally based training provider, as opposed to a school or college.”

Working predominantly with the most excluded and disadvantaged people within the community, the academy has engaged with more than 488 employers and 63 young people, leading to 14 apprenticeship vacancies.

Tracie added: “We work with local youth clubs offering workshops in response to the need of young people in a variety of vocational areas.

“It is essential that local employer engagement is at the heart of our activities and that we are able to agree placements and career opportunities for young people.

“We have developed a large network of partners over the years through past employment. This is a major advantage for our training provision to develop and succeed.”

Coalfields Community Grants is a fund managed by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, the organisation dedicated to supporting coalfield communities to help themselves.

For more on Training Academy North visit or call (01670) 364257.