A behind-the-scenes depot tour, sitting through inspiring presentations and being treated like a new starter for the day were all part of a special visit to Go North East for a group of young people taking part in the Nacro Ambassador Project.
Five young learners aged between 14-18 years old, from Newcastle-based Nacro, were selected to visit the Riverside super-depot in Gateshead after successfully completing their Motor Vehicle and Construction courses.
The Ambassador Project, led by national justice charity Nacro’s Newcastle division, gives young people from deprived areas the skills and experience they need to have a successful future career.
Chris Stevenson, ambassador project lead from Nacro explained: “Our programme teaches students who have learning or social needs academic and vocational knowledge through practical activities such as motor vehicle repairs, construction workshops and animal care. The tuition is also complemented by our Ambassador Project where companies like Go North East give students the chance to learn about work at their business to inspire them to get back into education and training.
“The young learners thoroughly enjoyed their visit to Go North East, everyone was so welcoming, caring and professional. They were treated like new starters taking part in their induction and they learnt so much about the company including roles within the organisation, what they are looking from in their employees and potential candidates. The visit was so valuable as it gave our learners the inspiration to achieve a future beyond their current environment and they all left feeling really motivated to succeed.”
Keith Robertson, recruitment and training manager at Go North East said: “We are honoured to be part of the Nacro Ambassador Project, particularly as the first visit was a great success. It was an absolute pleasure to host the group at our flagship Riverside depot and we were delighted to hear the visit had a positive impact. At Go North East, we value the importance of building strong relationships within our local communities and we hope the learners now feel inspired to continue training to achieve what they want to in life. We look forward to welcoming more students in to visit later in the year.”