Trio chosen for apprenticeship

Three young people from Northumberland are taking their first steps on the career ladder after winning a place on a regional employer’s latest apprenticeship programme.

Jake Adkins from New Hartley, Max Anderson from Red Row and Owen Carr from Ashington have been chosen by Banks Mining to fill apprentice positions at its Shotton and Brenkley Lane surface mines near Cramlington.

The three new recruits will now undertake a three-year training programme which offers qualifications up to NVQ Level Three in disciplines specifically relevant to the plant skills Banks Mining requires, as well as helping the apprentices develop a wider range of skills and knowledge that they will be able to use throughout their working lives.

As well as on-site work, the bespoke apprenticeships include a comprehensive study and training programme at Northumberland College, with which Banks Mining formed a recruitment and training partnership in 2012 as part of its continuing commitment to providing direct benefits to the community through its local operations.

The new apprentices have come through an assessment programme, which included an initial two week course at Northumberland College.

John Welsh, plant assets manager at Banks Mining, said: “Giving young people opportunities to make their way in our industry is absolutely vital if the region is going to have a sustainable workforce that’s properly equipped with the practical skills that businesses like ourselves need to operate and compete.”