Course proving a success in helping secure jobs

The latest batch of delegates on AIS's new employability course.
The latest batch of delegates on AIS's new employability course.

More unemployed people are being helped to find a job thanks to one training company.

North Shields-based AIS has helped dozens of people made redundant find new jobs in the energy and construction sectors thanks to a unique employability training programme.

AIS has designed a new nine day course which gives people the basic safety skills and mindset needed to work in four different industrial sectors – offshore, renewable energy, construction and health and safety.

As well as equipping people with the initial skills to start a career in oil and gas, wind or construction, the course includes help with CV writing, interview techniques and career mapping.

The fully funded course is proving extremely successful in getting people back into work – with nearly 50 per cent of the 170 people who have completed the most recent programme securing alternative employment.

Jenna Morrison, 30, from Newcastle, is one of those helped by AIS. After more than six months out of work, Jenna has landed her dream job in the oil and gas industry thanks to the AIS programme.

Jenna said: “I left school at 16 with no qualifications and the only option open to me was working in low level admin and retail roles, which I hated.

“Last December I was forced to leave my job to spend time with my adopted son who has a heart condition and I’ve been out of work ever since.

“Things were getting desperate so when I noticed a leaflet in the job centre offering training that I didn’t have to pay for to help get me a job in the global energy or construction industries I decided to go for it.

“Walking into the classroom that first day was really intimidating. The room was full of men and typical male banter.

“The instructors made me feel extremely welcome and quickly included me in the group. By the second day I found myself looking forward to the course.

“It wasn’t easy. I’m terrified of heights and some of the taster sessions for the wind industry included undergoing exercises at eye-watering heights but I still enjoyed it.

“AIS then showed me where to post my CV to get the best results, as well as helping me with job applications and interview tips. I would never have had the confidence to apply for the high level jobs I was applying for before.

“Within a week of sending off my CV I secured an interview with a huge oil giant in Aberdeen working in an admin role helping those who are travelling offshore. I was gob-smacked when I got the job. It’s my dream job.”

Rob Storey, head of skills and education at AIS said: “Jenna is a fantastic success story and we really hope her story inspires others.

“When you’ve been made redundant and you’re unemployed everything can seem bleak so we wanted to give people hope and the skills to consider new career options.

“That’s why we’ve designed this innovative new course to help people get back into work.

“The renewable energy sector is also predicted to create 70,000 new jobs over the next ten years and the oil and gas sector requires 12,000 skilled workers to deliver current projects.

“The success of our employability course shows our commitment to helping and supporting everyone who comes through our doors.”

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