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Major developments have been made in recent months at National Safety Training Services in Hull.

National Safety Training Services has seen significant growth over the past 18 months, following the contracts they where awarded from, Hull College Group (ESF Funded), Leeds College (ESF Funded) and the Humber Learning Consortium (National Lottery Funded).

The growth over the past 18 months has created jobs within the company; roles where created for 3 additional full time trainers, 1 employer engagement officer, 1 operations manager, as well as 1 administration apprentices and a further full time administrator.

The company was given a contract with Hull College Group working on Skills Support for the Workforce project, which was funded by the European Social Fund and backed by the Humber LEP. The SSW Contract given to National was for two years commencing in 2013, initially worth £125k, but after demonstrating the ability to achieve targets and deliver on time, National Safety Training Services where quickly offered additional funding to deliver more fully funded qualifications in the Hull & East Riding area. Courses ranged from 1-day first aid courses to forklift training and NVQs in warehousing, plant operations and port operations. On this particular contract National has successfully contributed to the up skilling of more than 750 learners, across 75 employers in the Humberside area.

Although the Skill Support for the Workforce funding ends in July this year, the company will continue to deliver Talent Match Humber funded training courses to unemployed people from Hull and East Riding.

The portfolio of courses available at National Safety Training Services has increased to included, IPAF training courses and PASMA courses.

Ashley Shaw, Managing Director of national Safety Training, said: “major developments have taken place in recent months and National has grown its workforce considerably.

“The company has upgraded IT systems, moved into larger training premises and invested in a fleet of new lift trucks. The move and upgrades needed to happen if we are to meet the demand from our customers both locally and nationally.

“We wanted to offer a wider rage of products and services to our customers, as well as better training facilities. I think we have gone a long way to achieving this and we are continually developing our services ” 

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A story published on the government website this week speaks about the Hundreds of employers who are now behind traineeships.

The government is urging even more to get involved in helping to unlock the potential of motivated young people who are not yet work ready.

Traineeships: help 16-23 year olds gain the vital work experience needed in order to get an apprenticeship or other jobs giving unemployed young people work preparation, training and work experience as well as English and maths qualifications.

Skills and Enterprise Minister, Matthew Hancock MP said: “We introduced traineeships to unlock the great potential of young people. Employers involved in the programme are now helping their trainees to develop the skills that are required in the workplace. They can then build on this and begin their career with an apprenticeship or other sustainable job.

“With National Apprenticeship Week starting next week (3-7 March 2014), there has never been a better time to start thinking about offering a traineeship or an apprenticeship.”

Funded projects are being delivered nationally, one project introduced in 2013 was The skills support for the workforce, which is backed by the ESF. The fund excists to support employers by upskilling the workforce.

Traineeships and apprenticeship programs aimed at the logistics industry are avilable through National Safety Training Services with the content tailored to the needs of the business and the individual.

Employers who want to find out how they can take on their first trainee and help develop talented young people with the practical skills for the workplace can access SSW (Skills support for the workforce) by calling 01482 644855

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