YOUNG people in Sunderland could be among the first to benefit from a new Government training initiative.
North East training organisation, MCQ, has scooped £1.2million from a national £20million pot to recruit the next generation of employees in health and social care.
The new traineeship scheme will offer 16 to 23-year-olds the opportunity to forge a career in the sector.
An ageing population in the UK means that the need for those qualified in these areas will be even more vital in the coming years, giving young people who choose this career path the potential for long term employment.
The traineeship initiative offers up to six months’ work preparation training, including CV writing and how to act at interviews, along with improving the participants’ skills in English and maths.
At the same time they will also be given a work placement with the promise of a job interview at the end and with the option to go on to an apprenticeship or employment.
Guy Saxton, quality improvement manager at MCQ, said: “The traineeship scheme is to plug the gap and help people be more prepared for work.
“This scheme gives them a real opportunity to get on the career ladder.”
The aim is to recruit about 400 young people into traineeships from around the region.
The MCQ team will be at the MetroCentre on Saturday in the yellow lower mall from 9am to 7pm, to talk to those interested.
People can also visit the website at www.mcq.co.uk.