Scheme is helping turn lives around

Coun Ian Grayson (centre) on a visit to the 'Working Roots' project.
Coun Ian Grayson (centre) on a visit to the 'Working Roots' project.

A partnership helping turn around the lives of disadvantaged young people has been hailed a resounding success.

‘Working Roots’ gives struggling 16 to 18-year-olds the skills, education and training they need to help them find work, begin apprenticeships or go into further education.

Now after completing the project, 14 trainees have bright futures, with many securing job opportunities and apprenticeships.

They have mastered skills in joinery, painting and decorating, gardening and construction.

The scheme was set up last year by North Tyneside Council, Kier North Tyneside and Justice Prince.

Coun Ian Grayson, cabinet member for children, young people and learning, said: “Working Roots is a fantastic partnership.

“As well as gaining hands-on experience in practical skills and tutoring in maths and English these young people have their aspirations raised. It gives them a genuine self-belief and has shown there are real opportunities.”

He added: “This group of trainees has worked really hard and have done the project workers proud. They deserve great credit for their successes and they are a great example to other young people that they too can achieve their goals if they are prepared to knuckle down and commit to the training.

“Working Roots is a win win project for everyone – the young people, the training partners, employers and of course the local community, which has benefitted from their efforts improving council properties, garages, gardens and public spaces.”