It aims to give pupils a taste of working life and a better understanding of the skills they will need, while also showing them that apprenticeships could offer a far cheaper route to university qualifications.
Managing director Vince Middleton, who is a co founder of Work-wise, says manufacturers needed one route to enable them to engage with schools, provide meaningful work experience, assess the future employability of young people, and provide guidance where needed.
“The ‘hands on’ approach also helps equip young individuals with the skills and attitude necessary to get a job straight from school, living up to the Work-wise description as the ultimate interview,” said Mr Middleton.
Newburgh’s Work-wise successes include Ryan Froggatt and Adam Flood.Adam (pictured above) now works for Newburgh’s Sizer Pelleting Solutions business and is currently studying for qualifications in mechanical maintenance. He said: “The Work-wise programme gave me hands on experience at the job and made me feel comfortable within the working environment.”