A group of young people from two city schools have been celebrating their success at an event sponsored by local apprenticeship training provider Skills Group.
The SAP scheme is a joint project between Plymouth’s Rotary Clubs and Plymouth City Council, designed to help young people gain a range of important employability skills that will help improve their future job prospects in an increasingly competitive job market.
The schools involved in SAP include Eggbuckland Community College and Sir John Hunt Community Sports College.
Skills Group also hosted a SAP session to show the breadth of careers available in the Construction industry. Young people had the opportunity to try their hand at bricklaying, carpentry and wall and floor tiling.
Mark Boulting, Skills Group’s Managing Director, said: “It’s great to support such a worthwhile project, helping to inspire young people and improve their employability prospects. In my experience, there are lots of youngsters out there who, once they’ve got their hands dirty, quickly realise that they do have an interest and want to learn – but in a different way to that which they’ve previously experienced!”
The pupils recently attended a celebration and awards ceremony at the National Marine Academy, with presentations from Ed Coley, Head of Skills and Employability at Plymouth City Council, Pat Pearce, Rotarian, and Simon Wainwright, SAP Project Manager, on behalf of Plymouth City Council. The pupils then received their certificates, presented by Christian Snaith, Skills Group Construction Manager.
Simon Wainwright, SAP Project Manager, said: “Skills Aid Plymouth is a great scheme; it targets young people to help them stay on the right track. We are absolutely committed to helping our young people achieve the best possible start in life and projects like this are key in helping them to achieve their full potential.”