Help for Sunderland school-leavers facing uncertain future

MP Sharon Hodgson with apprentice nursery assistant Katie Wallace at Springboard Sunderland,  Pallion, and children, left to right; Lyric Steel, 4, Kyra Davis, 4, and two year old Matthew Haley.
MP Sharon Hodgson with apprentice nursery assistant Katie Wallace at Springboard Sunderland, Pallion, and children, left to right; Lyric Steel, 4, Kyra Davis, 4, and two year old Matthew Haley.
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SCHOOL-LEAVERS facing an uncertain future are to be given a helping hand at a careers day.

Sunderland City Provider Network (SCPN) will be holding its fourth annual Str8 Up event to encourage young people leaving school this summer to enter apprenticeships and other forms of work-based learning.

Megan Blacklock, of the SCPN, said the campaign, which is run by the network and supported by the Connexions skills service, has been designed to help teenagers discover more about their employment and training opportunities.

“The Str8 Up campaign has been extremely popular and last year more that 350 young people and their parents and carers attended the event,” she said.

“Many providers will be there to explain the different programmes and career choices they can make.

“Personal invitations to the event have been posted to all Year 11 pupils and posters and information has been sent to all secondary schools in Sunderland.”

The SCPN is an association of training providers launched to contribute to the “development and enhancement” of the city.

Its members are Riverside Training, Zodiac, SETA, Carillion, Team, Sunderland College, ITEC, Milltech, BL Hairdressing, and Springboard Sunderland.

Denise Wilson, trust secretary at Springboard, said it was vital that young people were given key career advice and support.

Last year, Sharon Hodgson, MP for Washington and Sunderland West and Shadow Education Minister, visited its centre in Pallion to give her backing to its apprentice nursery scheme.

“As this is an extremely important time for Year 11 students who will be deciding on their career pathways, SCPN is holding an event to inform students and their parents and carers about apprenticeships and learning,” she said.

“The last event held in February 2012 was extremely successful, helping to raise awareness of career options.”

Str8 Up will take place at Riverview Suite, Stadium of Light, on Saturday, January 19, between 11am and 3pm.

For more information, email m.blacklock@ntlworld.co.uk

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