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Coast & Country’s New Directions team held an ‘Apprenticeship Festival’ to showcase opportunities available in the Redcar & Cleveland area.

Hosted at Westfield Farm, Dormanstown the successful event featured local businesses and apprenticeship providers across a range of sectors including hospitality, IT, food & drink, social care, engineering, childcare, dental nursing and business administration. More traditional trades including bricklayers, electricians, gardeners, plasters and plumbers were also represented.

The New Directions programme, which is part of the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) and funded by the European Social Fund, works with businesses and young people aged 15 – 29 to source jobs, traineeships, apprenticeships and work placements as well as bespoke training. .

Participants receive one-to-one support from a qualified careers advisor to enable them to take advantage of the opportunities available. This is tailored to the individual, giving them confidence to achieve their goals.

Emma Grimes, Youth Employment Initiative Manager at Coast & Country, said: “We have an excellent record of matching jobseekers to the needs of a business.

“Providing opportunities for young people is crucial to the future development of the region’s economy. We must do our utmost to ensure that there is enough information and support for everyone who wants to join an apprenticeship or training programme.

“The Apprenticeships Festival brought together businesses, training providers and prospective apprentices to highlight the opportunities available and the support the New Directions initiative can offer. It was a very well-attended event and the feedback from all involved was very positive.”

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