GAIN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE
A new initiative will help Knowsley teenagers who have struggled to find jobs or training places to explore the potential of a career in the construction industry.
Kirkby-based Structec (NW) Ltd has joined forces with local charity Knowsley Enterprise Academy (KEA) to develop a pilot programme for young people aged 16-19 who are commonly referred to as NEET (not in employment, education or training).
Knowsley has a particularly high rate of NEET teenagers - 8.6 per cent compared with the national average of 5.9 per cent - and Knowsley Council has recognised the urgent need for innovative measures to tackle the problem.
As a result, the local authority’s Employment and Skills Team have given their backing to the six-month pilot scheme which is aimed at teenagers who have been unable to access conventional employment or apprenticeship opportunities.