SCORES of school leavers could benefit from a new job scheme at Nissan.
The car manufacturer, which has a plant in Washington, is continuing its work with job creation business NAC Group, to guarantee 70 apprenticeships with the company.
The Youth Evolution Scheme (Yes), launched last year, is designed to prepare youngsters aged between 16 and 18 for work in the automotive sector.
Apprenticeship places for 16 and 17-year-olds will be available over the coming months, while 18-year-olds have the chance to start as manufacturing staff for Nissan, earning more than £19,000 a year.
Twenty five out of 26 trainees from the first group who undertook the work experience have found work, some before completing the programme.
Mitchell Ridley, 18, of Millfield, enrolled on the programme in August.
The teenager, who is now working at Nissan, said: “Before I went to carry out my work experience, I was really nervous, but in minutes I felt welcome and encouraged by workers on the production line.
“I have already recommended the Yes programme to my friends and I’m so pleased I’m employed now.”
All trainees undertake a 19-week programme, including eight weeks on-the-job-training at the Nissan plant, which this week unveiled its new Qashqai, and revealed it has a 7,300-strong workforce – the highest in its 28-year history.
Fifty trainees are on the programme with more intakes scheduled for February, April, June and July.
Steve Pallas, training and development manager at Nissan, said: “Yes trainees gain nationally-recognised qualifications, benefit from world-class work experience and high-quality training.
“On completion of the programme, trainees are expected to reach the entry standards required to apply for a manufacturing apprenticeship, or a full-time position at Nissan.
“We are extremely happy with the results to date.”