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Nordic Pioneer's Bradford apprenticeship scheme a success

Nordic Pioneer has teamed up with Bradford Metropolitan District Council to launch an apprenticeship scheme in the city late last year.

The apprenticeship programme aimed at getting young people back into the workplace by teaching them cleaning and environmental skills has been successfully completed in Bradford.

The six month programme is a Level 2 apprenticeship in cleansing and support services, which empowers young people to take an active role in cleaning up the streets in their local area while learning new skills.

Those enrolled on the course have worked alongside the council’s street cleansing teams, carrying out litter-picking and various other cleaning duties.

The programme finished earlier this month, with the 11 successful apprentices now primed for full-time employment.

So positive was the feedback from the scheme that Bradford’s fourth apprenticeship programme has already commenced.

In the meantime, apprentices such as Stephen Craven, from Bradford, now have the opportunity to apply for street operative positions which are currently being advertised by the council.

Stephen said: “The whole experience was brilliant in terms of teaching me the skills needed to get a job and in giving me the confidence to work independently and under pressure.”

Diane Shakespeare, managing director of Nordic, added: “The response we’ve had inBradfordhas been hugely positive and the council has been extremely supportive in helping the apprentices to achieve their goals. We hope this will be the start of a long-lasting relationship between our two organisations.”

Having supplied courses throughout the UK, Nordic is now keen to grow its presence within theYorkshirearea.

For more information on the company, visit: www.nordicpioneer.co.uk.


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