Training facility to open its doors to showcase apprenticeships

Barnardo's apprentices Emma Porter, Katie Young and Cheryl Stagg.
Barnardo's apprentices Emma Porter, Katie Young and Cheryl Stagg.

An open day and drop-in session is being held to highlight the work of apprentices.

Barnardo’s Palmersville Training is marking National Apprenticeship Week – March 14 to 18 – with their own tribute to the positive impact apprentices can have on individuals, businesses and wider economy.

The facility, at Unit 27 on the North Tyne Industrial Estate in Benton, is holding beauty drop-in sessions between 10am and 1pm on Tuesday, March 15; forklift training from 10am to 1pm on Wednesday; and an open day from 10am to 6pm on Thursday.

Palmersville provides advice and advocacy on the skills needed to support sustained employment.

It focuses on increasing confidence, resilience and self-esteem through employment, work experience, volunteering, educational opportunities and qualifications.

Receptionist Katie Young, from Newcastle, is doing a Level 3 Business and Administration Apprenticeship. She said: “I think allowing people to complete an apprenticeship gives someone a second chance to prove themselves.

“At Palmersville Training I manage the reception, welcoming visitors and taking registers for study programme and school learners, amongst many other things.

“Palmersville supports me in many areas – I get support from my assessor for my qualification, and support in the office where I am working.”

Emma Porter, also from Newcastle, said “I first heard about Palmersville through my Connexions advisor at school so I did the business admin course. I now get to enjoy learning what it takes to be a part of an admin team and I am continuously undertaking and learning new tasks.”

For more information about Palmersville Training contact email Maureen.trotter@barnardos.org.uk or phone (0191) 270 1133.