Sunderland pupils get a taste of manufacturing

Fortune Mashangoane on the NAC summer camp
Fortune Mashangoane on the NAC summer camp
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School and college leavers on Wearside gave up part of their summer holidays to take part in a three-week Industrial Summer Camp.

More than 30 youngsters from schools across Sunderland volunteered to be part of NAC’s manufacturing boot camp to learn basic skills.

Some of the students on the course.

Some of the students on the course.

Also on the programme were 17 learners who sat their exams in previous years and have reconsidered the choices they made when they left school.

Organised by Sunderland- based NAC Group, a provider of education and training for the automotive manufacturing sector, the students learnt the basic skills in a bid to secure places on coveted training courses.

NAC Group, who work hand in hand with the region’s automotive manufacturers and the supply chain, organised the camp to help school- leavers to get a foot in the door of the industry and provide a taste of the type of training and opportunities that are on offer.

With an assimilated production line and access to tools and equipment, the youngsters got to grips with some basic manufacturing techniques and found out more about work on a production line.

Most of those attending the Industrial Summer Camp have now enrolled on either the NAC full-time study programme or – dependent upon their age and qualifications – have been selected to complete a traineeship.

Gary McKenna, from NAC, aid: “This is the second time that we have run a summer boot camp for school-leavers and we are delighted by the response.”

Sixteen-year-old Ryan Green, from Seaham, was one of those who took advantage of the course.

He said: “I was keen to pursue a career in manufacturing; there are genuine job opportunities in the industry and this course has given me the opportunity to learn essential skills that will be relevant to the job I want to 

Another attendee, Fortune Mashangoane, 19, from Hendon, had previously enrolled on a BTEC Sports course at a local college.

He said: “This course is much more practical and hands-on and is focused upon preparing you for getting a job.

“I really feel like I am getting an insight into what it would be like to work in manufacturing and being trained to do a job which is available.”

In the last five years, NAC Group has trained 5,000 individuals into employment and has created more than 2,000 apprenticeships for young people across the North East region.

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