Pathways to Apprenticeships

The high quality work experience placements organised for young people on Skills Training UK’s Traineeships for Industry and Traineeships for the Service Sector are creating pathways to new employment for young people in the West Midlands. They are aligned to the Black Country’s vision for economic development.

Before their Traineeship work placements the 16-24 year-olds undertake relevant training at Skills Training UK’s centres in Walsall or Dudley. The courses are designed to equip them with skills in the industry or service sectors, as well as improve their numeracy, literacy, communication and team work.

First Components, a specialist precision engineering company with sixty employees across its three companies, is one of the many employers working with Skills Training UK. Three young people have progressed into apprenticeship positions with the company after completing Traineeship work experience placements with the fi rm and Skills Training UK will now develop their skills through apprenticeship training in the workplace.

They include Patrick Pearce (pictured below), who completed his Traineeship work placement with First Components and is now doing an apprenticeship in Performing Manufacturing Operations.

“We were looking to take on younger people as there is a shortage of engineering skills at the moment”

Julie Hayward, Company Secretary, First Components

As the new recruit in First Components’ purchasing department, Anja Clinton is fulfilling the company’s need to succession plan through her Apprenticeship in Business Administration.

“We needed to train younger people to assist in the administration side of the business before senior members of our workforce retire. It’s worked out well for us and Anja is doing as much as possible to learn her new role."

Julie Hayward, Company Secretary, First Components