Young people interested in improving their skills and employability were given a chance to see ‘learning in action’ when Itec threw open the doors of its training centres across South Wales in a series of Open Days.
Aimed primarily at those aged 16 -18 (Traineeships) who need help to get into a job, college or an apprenticeship, the Open Days were part of the ongoing drive to get more teenagers to be aware of – and take advantage of – the learning opportunities on offer post-school.
Visitors to the Centres in Newport, Cardiff, Rhondda, Caerphilly and Bridgend found information desks and colourful displays dealing with subjects such as childcare, retail & warehousing, customer service, construction, motor mechanics, business administration, hair & beauty and animal care.
The emphasis was on employability skills, work experience, industry-recognised training and jobsearch, with the added attraction that the training is free and participants get paid £30-£50 a week, plus help with travel expenses. The training programmes are part-financed by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.
Itec’s Steve Weller said “We are constantly seeking ways to engage young people in opportunities to boost their employment prospects. Through our extensive contacts, we also work hard to find placements for learners with local businesses which, more often than not, can lead to permanent positions.”