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Nordic boosts job prospects of 150 talented youngsters

Published 27th June, 2011 by Neil Nixon

Nordic boosts job prospects of 150 talented youngsters

A specialist cleaning firm has revealed a surge in the popularity of its apprenticeship scheme, having put 150 young people through the course in its last financial year. Nordic Pioneer, based in Darlington, runs an apprenticeship training programme which teaches 16 to 24-year-olds how to carry out environmental maintenance and cleaning duties, such as tackling graffiti, whilst developing a strong work ethic.

In the year to the end of December 2010, over 150 people joined the scheme - compared to 120 the previous year - with almost 70% of them landing jobs at the end of the course.

Among the most recent crop of apprentices was Anthony Frater, aged 23 from Thornaby, who was able to find work beyond the cleaning sector thanks to the transferable skills taught on the course. Shortly after completing an NVQ Level 2 in cleaning and support services with Nordic, he was taken on as a forklift operator at a firm in Stockton.

He said: “Nordic helped me to research the job market, match my skills and experience to those required by employers, and showed me how to put my thoughts on paper. I ended up with a really good CV, and also got help with how to answer those tricky interview questions that I got stuck on in the past.”

Nordic’s head of training development, Ray Brown, believes that it’s not just the skills the students learn but the strong work ethic they develop while training with Nordic that increases their chances of employment. He said: “This programme gives young people an opportunity to gain work experience whilst learning new skills around environmental maintenance. However I think one of the most important things they develop is the right attitude towards work which enables them to be successfully placed with employers. We have created community based jobs, which give our young people an opportunity to work and address the environmental problems of their locality and at the same time complete a full apprenticeship. Throughout the country the programme has assisted in galvanizing the community through generating trust, a work ethic and community spirit through all generations, land owners and partners.”

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