A North Tyneside training scheme launched to help young people secure careers in retail is celebrating its first success stories.
A joint initiative called Get Into Retail was run by children’s charity Barnardo’s Palmersville training centre and North Tyneside Council, funded by the Crown Estate as part of its plans to extend Silverlink Retail Park, near North Shields.
Aimed at unemployed people between the ages of 16 and 24, the programme was designed as an introduction to the retail industry to help them find work.
All five participants – Dylan Lacamp, Jasmine Teague, Tahnee Wenn, Chloe Patton and ???? – passed level-one certificates in retail, and they have all gone on to secure jobs or undertake further training.
Jasmine, 18, of Wallsend, is now working for B&M stores, one of UK’s fastest-growing variety retailers, after completing the course.
She said: “I feel the training has given me a good head start over other jobseekers and gives me the skills to find work quickly.
“The tutors helped me rebuild my self-belief and gain skills that enabled me to perform well in job interviews.”
Christina Saunders-Wingfield, children’s service manager for the North Tyne Industrial Estate training centre, said: “The Get into Retail programme has been a great opportunity for all the young people that have taken part.
“It has allowed them to develop their employability skills in maths and English and has supported them to gain a qualification in retail.
“The team at Palmersville are immensely proud of all their hard work. Well done to everyone who took part.”
North Tyneside mayor Norma Redfearn added: “Jasmine is exactly the type of young person we are looking to help into employment.
“Both she and the others who have taken part in this partnership initiative, along with local business, will benefit from this type of programme.
“North Tyneside businesses need a talented and motivated pool of employees to grow the local economy, and these young people will help with that.”
Michael Bell, the Crown Estate’s asset manager for Silverlink Retail Park, said: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with North Tyneside Council to help support local young people to develop their skills and experience to build great careers in the retail sector, and we’d like to congratulate them on their success today.”
The course covered teamwork, customer service, sales, interview skills, health and safety, equality, diversity and problem-solving.