Teen in driving seat for career

Georgia Walker and Christine Bravey. Picture by Ian McClelland.

Georgia Walker and Christine Bravey. Picture by Ian McClelland.

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A Year 11 student has proved to be in the driving seat when it comes to manufacturing.

Georgia Walker, from North Shields, took part in a region-wide skills contest at the North East Skills Careers fair.

The John Spence Community High School pupil took part in a skills rig challenge organised by automotive manufacturing training providers NAC Group, completing the task accurately in the fastest time.

The challenge was to drill all the nuts and bolts into the skillsrig in less than 30 seconds and completing it in 21.03 seconds put Georgia in pole position.

Georgia, together with the runners-up, were invited to go along to a F1 karting track to test out their skills behind the wheel.

Georgia said: “The skills rig challenge was great fun. It was a great opportunity to see first-hand some of the types of opportunities that exist and the karting experience on the track was brilliant.”

Christine Bravey, communications manager at NAC Group, said: “A car comes off the Nissan production line every 57 seconds, so speed and accuracy is a must when it comes to automotive manufacturing and Georgia proved she had it in abundance.

“The region’s automotive manufacturing industry offers our youngsters some fantastic career opportunities and it is essential that we engage with them from a young age to ensure they are aware of the types of jobs and careers available and are well equipped to take on the challenge.”

In the last five years, NAC Group has trained over 5,000 individuals into employment and has created more than 2,000 apprenticeships for young people across the North East region.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the training and career opportunities available through NAC Group should contact info@nac-group.co.uk