Unemployed STEP into world of work
More than 80 youngsters and unemployed people have found work thanks to a new Blyth-based specialist training provider.
STEP has been created by Paul Stonebanks, the founder of one of the world’s leading training companies, AIS.
Paul recognised the opportunity to develop high quality basic training and support programmes specifically designed for the unemployed and young people looking to get into industry for the first time.
Based at Blyth Workspace, where STEP has two classroom facilities, the organisation works closely with individuals to change mindsets, instil confidence and ultimately help them make the first move into industry.
The fully-funded programmes give participants the best possible chance of securing employment or progressing into apprenticeships and higher level training while providing employers with motivated and informed personnel.
Those who pass first level training with STEP are able to progress onto level 2 progression pathways with AIS’s new ‘Connect’ programmes.
Skills expert, Rob Storey, who is heading up STEP, said: “By establishing STEP in the Blyth Workspace we have been able to bring all of the support we offer under one roof.
“It’s a modern, easily accessible building that provides exactly the right environment in which to fire the aspirations of the people we’re working with.”
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