Logistics awards put NEETs on road to success

TEENAGERS who were previously out of work are on the road to success thanks to a whole raft of new courses including a Fresh Start in Logistics course at South Essex College.

An awards evening was held at the Thurrock Campus of the College for the first cohort of students to complete the 18 week course in Logistics designed for 16 – 18 year olds not in education, employment or training (NEETs). The College runs a number of short courses to help young people gain the skills needed in order to find work or to progress onto a higher level course. All fifteen students to complete the Logistics course are now starting an apprenticeship, have joined agencies to find employment or will be continuing further study at South Essex College.

“Four months later I have two forklift licenses, a BTEC Level 2 in Logistics & Warehousing and functional maths which is equivalent to a C grade – I’m really pleased with that because I got an F in maths at school.”

Perry is now signed up to two agencies, GBN Kiloforce Ltd and Manpower, who specialise in supplying permanent and temporary staff in areas such as Logistics.

He added: “If I hadn’t had done this course these agencies wouldn’t have even taken me on so for people out there who didn’t get many grades at school, it’s a really good course for them to do. I’ve really put in the time and effort and it’s paid off.”

The course gives students the opportunity to gain forklift truck licences endorsed by Road Transport Industrial Training Board (RTITB Limited), the largest awarding body in the UK and Ireland. As well as the practical element of learning how to operate forklift tricks, students are also taught health and safety in the workplace, warehousing and storage processes as well as key skills such as Maths and English.

Alan Appleyard, Development Manager Logistics, said: “These shorter courses are ideal for those who have not been in employment or education for some time. Students are learning the hands on skills of a real job and because they know they are getting something out of it they are so much more engaged in learning and enjoy coming to college.”

He added: “All of the staff have seen such a big difference in the students that started with us 18 weeks ago; some of them were quite nervous at first but as they’ve progressed their confidence has really grown.”

South Essex College has a number of NEET courses available at its Thurrock and Southend Campuses in everything from Logistics and Construction to Catering and Retail. For more information call 0845 52 12345 or visit www.southessex.ac.uk/fe/freshstart.aspx

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