Company offers an alternative route

A North Shields company is reminding youngsters of other potential career paths they could take.

As teenagers consider their next options after A-levels and GCSEs, training provider AIS says there are vocational career routes available.

The company trains more than 6,000 workers a year for the oil and gas, wind, maritime and heavy industry sectors. And AIS Training has created a series of guides on its website outlining some of the most popular offshore careers and will be holding a series of open days in the next few months.

Paul Stonebanks, managing director, said: “It’s important that young people don’t get blinkered when thinking about their future career.

“The costs of going to university can be extensive so we want to remind youngsters there are potential vocational routes open to them as well.”

“The vocational route is not the ‘less clever’ option that it used to be seen as – there are many different careers to choose from and a wide variety of skills to be gained.

“There’s also the added advantage that vocational training can potentially help you get into the workplace and earning money much quicker.

AIS Training is also opening a dedicated careers advice office in the next few months to provide face-to-face advice and is launching interest-free credit to help people spread the cost of training over 12 months.

The scheme will be available to pay for any training course costing more than £280 – subject to the delegate passing the necessary credit checks.

AIS Training offers vocational skills training in more than 80 industry-approved qualifications and competency assessments at its state-of-the-art training village on North Tyneside.

For more information on the wide range of courses at AIS Training visit or call 0844 800 1810.