The first group of learners to have completed the Kickstart and Traineeship Programmes at the Grimsby Institute have been awarded certificates in a special ceremony.
The Grimsby Institute introduce the Level 1 & Level 2 based programmes in response to the government’s initiative for providers to offer an alternative education programme for learners who haven’t reached the educational level to enter an Apprenticeship, but do not want to engage with a traditional education programme.
Jane Kinnaird, Curriculum Leader for Alternative Education, said: “We wanted to offer a programme that was about work experience, but was also very much based around practical learning, team building, gaining Functional Skills, a more holistic approach to learning that will ultimately make young people more employable.
“The pilot has gone brilliantly. A number of the learners from the Traineeship programme have gone on to main stream programmes at the Institute, some of them have gone on to get jobs and some are looking at Apprenticeships. Some of the learners from Kickstart, which is aimed at Level 1, are now looking at joining the Traineeship programme. we are seeing an all-round progression and we are one of the only providers in the UK who are seeing this amount of success.”
Nathan Wiliams, 19, has just finished the Kickstart programme and spent twelve weeks looking at Maths and English along with physical fitness, like working out at the gym and playing football and then looking at employability.
Nathan said: “The programme is to help you get into employment or on to a Traineeship. I was looking for work when Kickstart was mentioned to me and I thought it was an interesting opportunity. I did work experience at Lincolnshire Rural Activities Centre (LRAC) and I really enjoyed it.
“I’d like to go on to do History, but I didn’t have the qualifications, so this is a way of getting the qualifications I need. I’ve wanted to work in Animal Care for quite a while and wouldn’t mind becoming a Zookeeper or an Archaeologist. Being around animals is enough to keep me motivated all day, every day.”
Twenty-two-year-old Dane Young, a former pupil at Hereford School, was recognised by tutors as the Traineeship Student of the Year, and was awarded a special medal by Jane and Mike Burton, Grimsby Institute’s Programme Leader for Sport & Personal Training, who leads with Jane on the programme.
“When I left school I worked for the council as a Labourer, but I lost my job and then went on a Prince’s Trust course. I was at the Jobcentre, when my Adviser suggested I joined the Traineeship as I need to get my Functional Skills qualifications because I want to learn something in Construction or Engineering, as I really enjoyed the Fabrication and Welding on the Traineeship.
Winning the Student of the Year Award shows that if you put the hard work in you can be recognised.
Mike Burton added: “Dane really deserves the award, not only he because completed both the Level 2 in English & Maths in less than four months, which is very difficult to do, but also because he has been a role model and inspiration to the other learners on the programme.
We aim to give these young people the three key things that are employers are looking for; Functional Skills, work experience and employability skills in a practical way.
Anyone interested in either the Kickstarter or Traineeship programmes can contact Jane Kinnaird by calling (01472) 311222 ext: 505 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.