Teesside Park To Host Free Employability Training Programme For Young People

Teesside Park is hosting a free employability training programme throughout September designed to help young people take their first step onto the retail career ladder.

The five-week Bright Lights programme, which is run in partnership with the Middlesbrough Football Club (MFC) Foundation, aims to give people aged 18-24 high quality retail training, advice from industry experts and support with interviews and CV writing.

Those on the scheme will also gain valuable on-the-job experience through work placements with some of Teesside Park’s biggest brands, such as Nando’s, Boots, M&S and Asda. During these placements, individuals will learn how the business operates as well as build customer service skills, and they may also be offered interviews for permanent employment.

Anyone aged between 18-24 can take part in the scheme, which starts on Tuesday 12th September, with no interview or formal application required.

Bright Lights is part of a long-term partnership between Teesside Park and the MFC Foundation, which aims to support young people in developing their employability skills.

This includes the ‘Raise Your Game’ scheme which saw year 9 pupils from The Grangefield Academy take part in a range of practical training sessions over a two month period earlier this year.

Catherine Furlong, centre director at Teesside Park, said: “We know it can be difficult to get your first step on the career ladder, so we’re proud that Bright Lights has helped to kick-start many young people’s employment journey over the years. Not only does it provide a fantastic opportunity to seek advice and learn more about the retail industry, but it also gives people the opportunity to gain invaluable real life experience.”

Adam Gell, Adult Engagement Coordinator at MFC Foundation, said: “We’re looking forward to getting underway with the Bright Lights programme again and have a host of experts ready to share advice, training and job opportunities with young Teessiders.

“We’d encourage anyone aged 18-24 who is looking for their first role, or for a career change, to get in touch.”

The Bright Lights initiative is a free five-week scheme starting on Tuesday 12th of September in the Teesside Park Management Suite (the building in the top right corner of the retail park next to Sports Direct) at 9.45.

If you are interested in attending or need any further information, please email rachael.mckinnell@mfcfoundation.co.uk or ring her on 07508961898, adam.gell@mfcfoundation.co.uk or ring him on 07378111808

For more information on Teesside Park, visit www.teessideshopping.co.uk