With unemployment among 16-25 year olds at 965,000, the highest since comparable records began in 1992, a Llanelli firm is helping to turn the tide. Llanelli Rural Council Training, a non-profit organisation, provides Government-funded schemes, helping the unemployed gain skills and qualifications to build their confidence and to find work. Training is available for everyone of working age, but particularly young individuals – like Marcus James.
After leaving school at 16 with a few GCSEs, Marcus gained temporary work experience as a driver’s mate at his family-run firm, A&P Potatoes in Llanelli. Marcus enjoyed this opportunity and gained an insight into the daily practices of a LGV driver, but due to his lack of qualifications, was restricted in his role within the establishment. Eager to shoulder more responsibility within the company, Marcus approached Careers Wales for advice and was referred to LRC Training’s ‘Youth Skill Build Scheme’.
Marcus described the course as “a good and effective experience”, since it provided him with a vocational Forklift licence, as well as qualifications in Manual Handling, ‘STEPS’ Motivation and Numeracy Level 2 Certificate in Adult Numeracy, which strongly improved his career prospects.
More recently, Marcus began a Foundation Modern Apprenticeship in Driving Goods Vehicles with LRC Training, in the hope of further developing his vocational skills. He started the programme in April 2010 and has made great progress. Marcus has completed the non-driving aspects of the NVQ, attained the BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Carry & Deliver Goods, a Key Skill Level 1 Certificate in Application of Numbers and has also attended the one day Tachograph and Drivers’ Hours Course.
Marcus said, “The training I’ve received has enabled me to progress so much in my career” and he hopes to book his Theory & Hazard Perception Test in March, 2011, to gain his LGV Category C licence.
Marcus confesses the scheme was “challenging” but now feels more self-assured since he now has “more knowledge regarding lorry legislations.”
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