Newcastle based NBS and Newcastle College have strengthened their links in a bid to improve opportunities for students.
The company, which provides technical information to construction industry professionals, has awarded a bursary to Newcastle College to support its Access to Further Education ‘Young People’s Learning’ programme, aimed at improving the aspirations of its students.
As part of a rolling programme of involvement, it invited 20 students into its headquarters at The Old Post Office, St Nicholas Street, to get a sense of the varied roles within the business.
Along with a tour of the recently renovated building, the students met staff in customer service, HR, technical authors, software developers and the team which produces 3D models of construction manufacturer products.
Catherine Orridge, Head of Access to Further Education at Newcastle College said: “The main driver behind the Young People’s Learning programme is to improve the aspirations of these students.
They’ve left school, possibly with few or no qualifications and this is the next step to get them ready for further education.
Shefat Uddin Begum a student at Newcastle College said: “The visit was a totally new experience for me; I’ve never visited such a professional environment before.
It gave me a lot more information about how a business like NBS works. The staff were really friendly and informative.
The visit it helped me understand that I can achieve and go into similar roles if I continue to work hard.”
Chief Executive Richard Waterhouse said the company decided to build links with Newcastle College after its students decorated the NBS-sponsored Wor Geordie sculpture, which formed part of last year’s Great North Snowdogs art trail.
“It opened our eyes to the level of skill and creativity that exists right here on our doorstep,” he said, “and as an employer it makes absolute sense to be creating ties with the next generation.
“Our business offers a very wide variety of roles, some of which students might not necessarily be aware of, so open days like this are a great way of opening their eyes to the opportunities available on their doorstep.”
NBS’ £500 bursary has also enabled 80 students from the college to visit Sunderland’s National Glass Centre and Winter Gardens, 40 students to visit a Sikh temple and funded 10 students on a workplace visit.
The bursary, which is also centred on the progression of the students, will go towards vocational starter packs for those who progress onto level 2 of the course.
And, in the summer, NBS will host a celebration event for students and their guests to mark key milestones towards their successfully gaining qualifications and employment.
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