New initiative attracts young talent

A dozen 14 and 15-year-olds from the north east have taken their first steps towards a career in the automotive industry following a new initiative developed by local charity High Tide.

It’s introduced the industry-led Automotive Cadetship which is supported by AV Dawson, Evans Halshaw, Nifco, Nissan and SABIC and is intended to give youngsters an insight into the industry and highlight the wide range of career opportunities within the sector.

Mark Easby, trustee for High Tide, said, ‘The automotive sector has become such a major sector for our region, so it’s fantastic that leaders in the industry have worked with us to develop this pioneering initiative to inspire young people. It also complements a wide range of programmes we deliver to help connect industry and education in Teesside and the north east, with the overriding aim to raise aspirations and increase career opportunities for young people.’

The candidates, selected from three Middlesborough schools, graduated at Middlesbrough College’s STEM centre.

Paul Butler, CEO of the north east Automotive said, ‘These young people are our future workforce, and this innovative programme is exactly the kind of activity we all need to be doing to educate people of the exciting career opportunities in our industry and in our region; and to  identify future talent for the sector.’