Norbert Dentressangle has once again welcomed a group of young people to its distribution centre at Thorncliffe, Sheffield, as part of The Prince’s Trust’s ‘Get into Logistics’ scheme.
The Trust’s ‘Get Into…’ programmes are designed to give young people who are work-ready, but lack vocational skills, the opportunity to gain practical training and experience with employers.
As part of the scheme, a group of seven young people recently completed an intensive three-week programme at Norbert Dentressangle’s Thorncliffe distribution centre, offering them hands-on experience in the logistics industry, training in operational tasks, work policies and health and safety and encouragement to develop social skills and increase confidence.
As a result, all seven have been offered the opportunity to stay on, joining a number of other colleagues who continue to be employed by Norbert Dentressangle after taking part in previous year’s schemes.
Speaking at the celebration event at the end of the programme, Tony Middlebrook, Senior Operations Manager at the site said: "As an employer, Nobert Dentressangle believes that people are at the heart of our business and, as such, we believe in developing and supporting individuals to reach their true potential. This programme allows us to help young people from the local community learn new skills, develop their self-esteem, gain experience of working in the field of logistics and, ultimately, to find work."
This is the third year that Norbert Dentressangle has participated in the scheme and the company has committed to continue the programme at the site next year, offering more opportunities for young people to learn about and work in the logistics sector.
Mat Holt, Head of Programmes – Enterprise & Awards, The Prince’s Trust, North of England, said: "There are currently more than one in four (28 per cent) young people struggling to find work in Sheffield right now. Thanks to partners like Norbert Dentressangle we are able to offer young people expert training and vocational skills that will help them find employment in the logistics sector.
"It is amazing to see that all seven young people have been offered a job after the course. Congratulations to all."