Vital experience on road to work

Next Generation Media is employing apprentices through the Skills Funded Agency to get them work experience in a number of industries.  Pictured is apprentice of the year Becky Boyd.
Next Generation Media is employing apprentices through the Skills Funded Agency to get them work experience in a number of industries. Pictured is apprentice of the year Becky Boyd.
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YOUNGSTERS are being handed the chance to gain valuable experience in their chosen line of work.

Next Generation Media Group is currently working with the Skills Funded Agency to offer apprenticeships in a range of fields.

The Blackpool Business Park firm runs The Link Centre and Arranging a Funeral.co.uk alongside its main enterprise and is expand the roles it already provides in IT and web designing.

Allan McKerman, 18, from Fleetwood, who is an apprentice web designer at Next Generation Media, said: “It’s hard to find work when you haven’t got the experience or the qualifications to do a job like web designing.

“I already did this as a hobby, so it was good to bring it into the workplace and learn more.

“When I eventually decide to move on the experience I’ve got here will stand me in good stead.”

Nick King, business director of New Generation Media Group, said: “We currently have a staff of 60 working across all three businesses and five of them have joined us as apprentices.

“We are always looking to take more people on and help others get the experience.

“We want the right people, and young people are always willing to learn.”

The Skills Funding Agency is a branch of the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, which works within the Government to ensure people have the skills they need to succeed in society.

Teenager Becky Boyd, from Blackpool, was awarded the Blackpool and the Fylde College Apprentice of the Year award for the Creative Arts for the work she has completed since joining the company in January.

She added: “I started here in January because I quit university last year to focus on something else.

“I was doing English Literature at Edge Hill and didn’t think it was for me, but I’ve enjoyed my time here from day one.”

Becky is also an apprentice web designer who adapted her skills on photoshop into a fulltime job.

She added: “It’s been a steep learning curve and I’m sure doing something like this can be quite scary, but I think an apprenticeship is the best way to learn and it’s a good career choice.”