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Back to School for Eastern Region Training

Eastern Region Training we have certainly started the year off in full swing partnering up with  local secondry school in Ipswich to launch a bespoke Trade Skills Academy specifically designed for disadvantaged young people who are becoming disengaed with the mainstream education. 

The construction sector in general has reported growing concerns over the current skill shortages its facing due to a lack of interest or understanding young people have on the diverse range of opportunity the sector has on offer.  The Trade Skills Academy will be teaching valuable craft skills whilst supporting the young people to reengage with their school or education provider.   Their first cohort of young people have been confirmed to start in February, in partnership with Chantry Academy with the following endorsement given by Keith Greenwood, Vice Principal:

“Chantry Academy are working in collaboration with Eastern Region Training Group to create a bespoke Trade Skills Academy for young people 14+ who are disengaged with the curriculum offer in mainstream education and/or who may be at risk of exclusion or disadvantaged.  This project will not only benefit in supporting the young people gain valuable craft skills and improve their future prospects but will also open up the academy to all schools across the county, upskilling young people to meet the skill shortages within the construction sector and local economy.  In addition, we envisage that the motivation and engagement in the vocational learning they will undertake with Eastern Region Training Group will improve their attendance and achievement overall.”

Garry Mills, Head of Learning and Skills at Eastern Region Training comments:

We are very pleased to be working with Chantry Academy on this exciting local initiative to support young people across Suffolk. Eastern Region Training have supported over 100 apprenticeships to date at our bespoke Roof training centre in Baylham, Ipswich; the Trade Skills Academy was an obvious addition to our current provision and we have been overwhelmed by the support offered by a number of companies willing to donate materials.  Mr Greenwood and his team have been a pleasure to work with during the early stages of this project and the additional support in which they offer their students has been inspirational.  We welcome many more schools across the county who also wish for their students to be involved to get in touch, our next courses will start in September 2018. 

Are you a local business that would like to get involved with this project, then why not sponsor a training bay and benefit from ongoing advertisement and exposure of this possitive local initiative and help to re-shape the future for these young people.

Email [email protected] or call 01473 356456 for more details


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