Fully funded training at Finchale for the unemployed

Funded training is to be provided to unemployed people across County Durham, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland to give them a better chance of finding a job.

Health, training and work experts, Finchale, an independent charity based in Durham, is to deliver RTITB Forklift Truck training in partnership with Gateshead College. Through funding from the European Social Fund matched by the Skills Funding Agency, we are able to offer training at no cost to individuals who wish to retrain in order to gain employment.

The training gives people from the North East who are 16 or over and who are currently unemployed, self-employed and looking to retrain or newly redundant access to industry recognised, accredited training to support them into work in warehousing, factory and process environments.

Training which lasts up to 5 days and is suitable for both novice and experienced candidates is taking place at Finchale’s site in Pity Me, Durham.

Stephen Kettle, RTITB Instructor at Finchale said “We are delighted to be able to offer this training and we are keen to engage with individuals from the region who are interested in gaining certification to become Forklift Truck operators. We have a range of vehicles at Finchale so will be able to offer Counterbalance and Reach certificates as well as Low Level Order Picker and Pallet Truck certificates depending on the employment goals of the individual.  As part of the package we will also work with individuals to provide employability skills and job search support to ensure that the training is put to good use in the workplace. We have a range of local and regional employers who employ directly from our pool of candidates and I look forward to welcoming the first cohort of learners next week.”

To book your place or for further information please contact Stephen Kettle on 0191 386 2634 or email enquiries@finchale.org


Notes to editor

Finchale, based in Pity Me in County Durham, was founded in 1943 as a rehabilitation and resettlement centre for service personnel returning from active service, and it has retained strong links with the Armed Forces ever since.

The independent registered charity has supported disabled people and those with health inequalities for 73 years by offering specialist support for people with multiple and complex barriers to employment. It works with individuals and families from the Scottish Borders in the north to the East Riding of Yorkshire in the south, and across from Teesside to Cumbria. Finchale works with a wide range of employers and partners of all sizes from across the public, private and third sectors.

Set in 13.5 acres of landscaped grounds, Finchale also offers a wide range of flexible business spaces which can cater for 2-150 people, available to hire from an hour to a full day. Facilities include: 18 fully equipped teaching, training and meeting rooms; auditorium seating for 80-100 people; more than 120 bedrooms (20 ensuite); IT suites; lecture theatre and classrooms; as well as conference, event and banqueting facilities. Services include access to audio visual and laptop equipment, Wi-Fi, as well as catering and parking.

For further information please contact: Katharine Hawking, Social Media and Marketing Officer, Tel: 0191 386 2634, Mob: 07540 963734, Email: katharine.hawking@finchale.org

European Social Fund

The project is receiving up to £214,000 of funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England ESF programme. Established by the European Union ESF funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, skills development, job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations.  For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding


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