Fresh start for region’s young

Left to right: Daniel Swift (Brinsworth Training),Darren Soley(managing director Active Moulds Ltd.), Andrew Pearson, Craig Trembath (workshop manager, Active Moulds), Kumran Hussain (Prince's Trust).
Left to right: Daniel Swift (Brinsworth Training),Darren Soley(managing director Active Moulds Ltd.), Andrew Pearson, Craig Trembath (workshop manager, Active Moulds), Kumran Hussain (Prince's Trust).
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A FORMER college dropout has landed a job and a promising future thanks to a pioneering training programme, backed by the Prince’s Trust.

A FORMER college dropout has landed a job and a promising future thanks to a pioneering training programme, backed by the Prince’s Trust.

Andrew Pearson, aged 17, was offered an apprenticeship at Dinnington-based Active Moulds after taking part in a 14-week course specially designed by Brinsworth Training to give young people without qualifications an opportunity to build up their engineering foundation skills.

Andrew, from East Dene, Rotherham, said: “I realise how fortunate I am to be in full-time employment because of the course, particularly at a time when there aren’t many jobs around. And I’m absolutely determined to make the best of the opportunity.

“I love the job and realised as soon as I went on the Prince’s Trust taster course that engineering was the way forward for me. It was a lucky break for me. When I decided to leave college because I felt I wasn’t getting anywhere, I didn’t really know what the future held.”

The 14-week programme gave Andrew the skills and confidence he needed, including an NVQ Level Two in engineering, and he will soon be studying for Level Three on a day release basis.

More than three in four young people on Prince’s Trust schemes move into work, education or training.

Paul Reeves, Brinsworth Training’s business development director, said: “We are delighted Andrew has found a full-time job. One of the advantages of the course is that attendance records, attitude, aptitude and skills levels are measured every week and this is useful information for potential employers to have.”

Craig Trembath, workshop manager at Active Moulds, which makes moulds for the blockpaving industry, said: “Andrew is doing very well and giving us 100 per cent and more. He is keen to learn, asking lots of relevant questions and showing a lot of promise.”

For more information on the future Get Into Engineering course, contact Kumran Hussain at The Prince’s Trust, tel: 07506 692165.