A GROUP helping young people gain useful qualifications has launched an appeal for unwanted tools.
The Young Engineers Academy, a not-for-profit social enterprise, operates as a commercial recycling business at St Andrew’s Road, Huddersfield to help 16 to 24-year-olds gain new skills in manufacturing.
Now it is asking firms for donations of tools including pillar drills, band saws, conveyor belts, grinders, chop saws, metal detectors and magnets to help mirror the same quality processes and “lean” manufacturing typically followed in mainstream industry.
Chief executive Ahmed Khan said the aim was to turn young people into “credible and reliable employees” for local firms.
Young people attending the academy undertake a four-week course on preparing for work in manufacturing and engineering environments with YEA’s resident accredited and independent training team.
They also undertake psychometric testing and one week’s work experience in a factory before getting feedback on their progress and recommendation for further training or a job offer with the YEA or one of its selected business partners.
Said Mr Khan: “We provide an in-house off-line mentor helping to ensure our young people meet training and skills targets, have a sound work/life balance and become financially stable.
“We provide in-house counsellors to help our young people overcome any addictive habits, manage emotional problems and develop self-esteem and confidence.
“We are striving to help bridge the gap that so many of our Kirklees-based industrial firms are facing with finding suitable young people to help with succession planning and to fill employment needs.”
YEA has already received help in finding accommodation and funding from Turnbridge-based John L Brierley Ltd. The firm also manages and quality assures all YEA’s accounts and payroll on its behalf.
YEA, which receives no public sector funding, also needs sponsors to kit out its young people with tools, a toolbox and workwear, help to build a canteen and sponsorship of gym equipment to help the young people stay fit.
Local firms have been invited to attend YEA’s Business Leaders’ Focus Group from 6pm to 9pm on January 22 at the St Andrew’s Road site when Kirklees Council chief executive Adrian Lythgo and director Jacqui Gedman will be among those attending.
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