Employers urged to give under-24s a chance to work
A TRAINING and regeneration company is urging businesses to offer apprenticeships to disadvantaged young people in the region.
Trescom, which specialises in helping people who face barriers get into learning and work, is working with young people with disabilities and minor learning difficulties, trying to help them get a foot on the career ladder.
The national company has employed a number of under-24s from the region to work at the business but now hopes to place them with a local employer where they can learn valuable skills and gain qualifications by taking part in an apprenticeship.
Saeeda Ahmed, founding director of Trescom, said: "This is a great opportunity for employers in Hull and East Yorkshire to give young people in their region a chance to gain experience in a real job.
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"These young people are such an asset to our organisation and can be for other businesses, too. They just need someone to give them a chance."
Trescom is hoping businesses in Hull and East Yorkshire will be able to offer year-long apprenticeships.
Saeeda said: "Most of these young people are interested in retail and customer service, basic admin and reception work, care work, warehousing and hospitality.
"We want employers to treat these people like they would any other employee, so the young person can gain an experience of employment.
"This is such a brilliant scheme and these young people are really amazing."
One of the hopeful apprentices is 19-year-old Tim Moulin, of Driffield, who has Asperger's syndrome.
Mr Moulin said: "People with disabilities are often overlooked but they can work just as hard as other people.
"If local employers give people chances, it will help build a sense of community."
Also hopeful of getting the chance to do an apprenticeship is Daniel Moore, 21, of Bransholme, who suffers from epilepsy and Asperger's syndrome.
He said: "I would like to work with people who have disabilities or special needs.
"I understand what these people feel like and can help them.
"I'm committed, determined and organised."
Mr Moore said employers sometimes have a misunderstanding that people with a disability are not hard-working or cannot work well.
He said: "So many young people with disabilities have a limited choice and miss out on opportunities. Having a job will help people like me join in with the real world, rather than be isolated."
The minimum wage for apprenticeships is £2.60 per hour and there are grants available to help businesses.
Trescom will be involved throughout the apprenticeship and will work with the young people to help them gain their qualifications.
Saeeda said: "As a society, we need to start looking beyond our boundaries and create opportunities."
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