Sittingbourne Firm Offers Free Training, And A Guaranteed Job Interview


Sittingbourne-based Mainstream Training is offering free courses, qualifications and job interviews to job seekers, through a government-funded scheme to provide vocational training and jobs to unemployed people living in the South East.  

Open to anyone aged 19+ and currently receiving unemployment benefit, the courses provide practical training and National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ), as well a guaranteed interview and career placements with local employers upon completion. 

Two courses are currently available: a nine-day Forklift driver training course (ITSSAR Forklift truck certification and NVQ Level 2 in Forklift Driver Operations), and a 10-day Highways Maintenance course (NRSWA certification, CSCS card and NVQ Level 2 Certificate in Construction and Civil Engineering Operations). The training takes place at Mainstream Training’s purpose-built facility on Eurolink Business Park in Sittingbourne. 

Rob Coleman, Skills Mentor Lead at Mainstream Training, said: “These courses provide ideal opportunities for individuals wishing to train in growth sectors where there is plenty of demand for exactly these skills.  There is a real shortage of skilled workers in the highways, warehouse and logistics sectors, so our training can provide a perfect opportunity for unemployed people to develop new skills with which to re-enter the labour market. 

“We have continual enquiries from prospective employers looking for individuals who have completed these training courses, so it’s clear that successful trainees will have no difficulty in obtaining a well-paid and fulfilling new career.” 

Mainstream Training is the South East’s leading training provider and offers a wide range of nationally accredited, award-winning courses for businesses and individuals. The company, which specialises in providing courses in logistics, transport, warehousing and construction, is also holding an Open Day on Friday 1st July where attendees can talk to the Instructors, have a go on some of the equipment and sign up for the courses. 

Mr N. Harnott, aged 42, recently completed the Forklift driver training course. He said: “Excellent training, I didn’t think I’d learn much but I did. My instructor was great and responded to all questions and comments. The workshops were a brilliant way of teaching the do’s and don’ts before getting behind the wheel, I feel more prepared for the practical elements and a little more confident that I understand what’s expected of me on test day. Thank you so much for this opportunity.” 

Meanwhile, Mr J. Pye, aged 27, said: “I took the course to improve my skills, I’ve learnt a lot and really enjoyed it all.  The Instructors have thoroughly taught me what I need to know, I now plan on starting a job as a Forklift Truck Operator.” 

Prospective trainees can find out more information and apply via , or through their local job centre. 

Trainees and employers wanting to find out more about the courses can contact Mainstream Training on 01795 418100 or via 

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