22 year-old Joe, born and raised in Aintree Liverpool, had been unemployed for almost eight months when he found out about NAC Training in Bromborough. After a friend told him about the course, his luck started to change. Joe asked his Jobcentre Plus (JCP) Advisor to enrol him on to the six-week course and within a week he had attended an Open Day. He was in Wave 6, which ran from 22nd April to 31st May 2013.
34-year old Chris Mahon, from Hebburn, recently completed his Manufacturing SMART Programme at the Building Futures East site in Walker.
Luca Enrico Solliat originally came from Italy, where he had trained in electronics and worked as a mechanic. He then spent a year in New Zealand as a mechanic before coming to the UK in 2012.
Paul Tambin attended NAC’s Manufacturing Smart Programme at the Building Futures East site in Walker. Having served his time in the Army, Paul wanted to start a new career in manufacturing. He was sure that he had lots of transferable skills that would help ensure his success.
Nathan Metcalfe, from Grindon in Sunderland, had been unemployed for almost three months when he came on the NAC Group’s pre-employment course. Nathan had previously worked for a short time at Calsonic on a limited contract. Nathan found this very frustrating as he wanted a permanent post.
Sam Johnston, from Sunderland, found NAC’s Smart training very helpful and effective.
“The Smart service gave a great insight into what different employers want from a potential employee”, writes Sam. “For me personally it all happened incredibly fast as I finished the course on the Friday, had an interview with Nissan the following Thursday and started work on the Tuesday after.”
Gillian Sirrell, from Sunderland, has recently completed a pre-employment training programme with NAC.
“I would recommend the Smart Club course to anyone”, says Gillian, “not only does it get you into a routine but it also gives you a renewed feeling of self-worth.”
19 year-old Stephen Hughes from Bebington had been unemployed for four months when he found out about the NAC training programme through Jobcentre Plus. He completed the specially designed six-week training course at NAC’s Bromborough Smart Centre, and then undertook further training in forklift truck operation. Stephen was offered a job as a forklift driver at NAC Outsourcing’s Phoenix warehouse within days of completing the training.
Louis Ansah from Chester-le-Street worked as a driver before becoming unemployed. “I was unemployed for about six weeks before starting the course”, says Louis. “I was working a zero hours contract, meaning that in some weeks I could be earning less than JSA.”
Hailing from Gateshead, and with a background in the logistics sector, Mark Lancaster came to the NAC training programme after three months of unemployment. He explains that “I was made redundant and, after a short spell of unemployment I enrolled on the course. I carried out my training in Sunderland at the SASMI centre next to Nissan.”
Lez Hallam recently took part in NAC’s pre-employment training programme at Unit 91 in Sunderland.
The course started with three weeks of learning in the workshop, where Lez completed his Certificate in Preparation for Work in Engineering Manufacturing Industry.
Des Garner recently completed the pre-employment training programme organised by NAC Training at the SASMI Centre in Washington, and here is what he has to say…
Anthony Hammond from Sunderland, had been unemployed for just two weeks when he came on the NAC Group’s pre-employment course. Anthony had worked in construction since leaving school, but had been made redundant and couldn’t find work in his preferred trade. This was very frustrating as he had always worked and couldn’t wait to get restarted.
Katie Nesbitt from Sunderland completed training at NAC’s Sector Based Work Academy in December 2012. Prior to undertaking the course at the SASMI training centre, near the Nissan plant in Sunderland, Katie had studied computing at Sunderland University.
Robbie Anderson recently completed the NAC Group’s six week Manufacturing Smart Programme with a three-day work experience element. Production runs enabled Robbie to enhance his hand skills, and to learn how to work to a tight Takt time – which sets the pace for the manufacturing production line – whilst maintaining balanced production. He also gained a basic understanding of warehousing, how to ensure that the production line is replenished with raw materials and components, and that stock levels are maintained in the stores area.
20-year-old Kady Melsom, from South Shields, has become one of the NAC Group's latest success stories.
Christopher Haddley had been claiming benefits for about four months when he received a phone call from Jobcentre Plus. “They asked me if I would like to go on a course at Goodison Park, with a possible job at the end of it”, Christopher explains, “I accepted the offer and attended a meeting at the Hilton Hotel in Liverpool, where a representative from NAC explained all about the course and the background to the NAC Group”.
Jason McKitterick, from Silksworth, Sunderland, is another of our recent success stories.
Jason had previously worked in the construction trade. He was made redundant when the company that employed him failed to obtain sufficient orders. "It was an awful feeling not being able to make a living", says Jason, "when a friend at Nissan told me about the course at NAC, I couldn't wait to give it a go."
Paul Wilson, from Erdington, was recently made redundant by the online retailer where he worked in the warehousing and distribution area. After a couple of months he was made aware that the NAC Group was training people for logistics roles in the automotive sector, and he decided to sign up.
Gerard Hughes, from the Aston area of Birmingham, had been unemployed for over 12 months when he joined the NAC Training Programme in January 2012.
Chris Goodman has completed his initial training with the NAC Group and found employment at Tesco.
Christopher was unemployed for three months before he carried out his pre-employment training at Newcastle. Christopher was convinced this was an opportunity not to be missed and so it has paid off.
Before securing a permanent position at Nissan, Gareth was unemployed for eight months. Gareth was trying to apply for Nissan via their website but thought the option of the pre-employment training would be more beneficial; Gareth couldn't believe how right he was.
Marc Robinson has successfully completed the pre-employment training programme and now holds a position at Nissan. Marc worked for a company for over 25 years but due to the economy, he was made redundant. His decision to complete the pre-employment training after 2 years of being unemployed, has paid off and is ready for a successful career within Nissan.
Kevin Shaw successfully finished his pre-employment programme at the NAC Group and is now in the process of completing a Nissan apprenticeship. Kevin, who was unemployed for eight months before joining the pre-employment programme, had previously studied engineering at a local college. He wanted to go straight into work, but thought that he would benefit more by completing the programme.