Tyneside business leaders pledge support to tackle NEETs with new projects

Tyneside business leaders pledge support to tackle NEETs with new projects

Business leaders in the North East have launched four projects to help inspire Tyneside’s unemployed youngsters. Newcastle business leaders have come together to tackle the number of local young people not in employment, education and training (NEETs).

Four projects, all focussed around skills, employment and enterprise were announced at the Asian Business Connexions (ABC) Curry Club at The Beacon on Westgate Road.

ABC, Newcastle College and hundreds of local businesses have all helped develop the projects after forming a collaboration, which combines the ideas and knowledge of local education providers and employers.

The partnership is the brainchild of Newcastle entrepreneur and ABC founder Ammar Mirza and will help to transform the local labour market.

Ammar talked about the initiatives, which include the Primary Inspiration in Education (PIE) project, Wellbeing and Business Bootcamp, the Nandwich and the Brilliant Beacon.

Ammar and millionaire franchise holder Ahmed Khan, who owns the rights to five McDonald’s stores in Newcastle and the Gateshead Metrocentre, have been working with students from Newcastle College to develop their Nandwich fast food concept. Budding chefs from the college have been applying their skills to produce the Nandwich; a naan bread-based sandwich.

The students worked to a brief that called upon them to examine the supply chain, production and shelf-life of the product before presenting a pitch to the entrepreneurs.

All of the projects are based around enterprise and have been designed to inspire young people to think about their future careers with the support of local employers, such as McDonald’s, Northumbrian Water, Barclays, AmmarM (UK) Limited and Reeds Rains.

Hexham MP Guy Opperman, Paul Woolston, chair of the North East LEP, as well as Carole Kitching, principal of Newcastle College, spoke about the challenges the region faces to support young people into employment and increase skills.

They also welcomed the collaboration between business and education as a solid step forward in tackling these challenges.

Carole Kitching, said: “Newcastle College is proud to be a part of this fantastic project.

“It is imperative that we find innovative ways to inspire disengaged young people and give them the skills and confidence that will not only prepare them for work, but will help them to make a valuable contribution to society.

“Business and education working together can really make a difference.”

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